Jason Campbell turns down Colts offer in favor of “chilling”


At the moment, the Colts still have one healthy quarterback on their 53-man roster.

But it wasn’t for a lack of trying to land a former first-rounder.

Via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, Jason Campbell said the Colts called, but he passed on the offer to back up Matt Hasselbeck on short notice. He said he was approached by Colts offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who coached him during a stint with the Browns.

“I talked to coach Chudzinski, a guy I’ve got the utmost respect for,” Campbell said on ESPN 980. “We were together in Cleveland, spent some time together, and we had some conversations about some things. But as of right now, I told him I’m kind of enjoying what I’m doing right now. And it’s kind of hard just to up and change what I’m doing. And I told him I appreciate the interest and everything . . .  [but] I’m just kind of chilling right now.”

Campbell said he was exploring some media options, but mostly sounded like a guy who was just digging retirement.

“And the most important thing for me is just spending some family time,” he said. “You’re playing football for so many years — you’re always gone, you’re always on the road, doing different things, and you never get a chance to spend that time with your family. And you look up, and 10 years have went by. Your nephews aren’t three no more; they’re 13. Your parents have gotten older. So the older you get, you seem to realize how much time is valuable, especially spending that time with the ones that you love.”

With Andrew Luck out for a few weeks with a lacerated kidney, the Colts are down to Hasselbeck and practice squader Alex Tanney.