Campbell anxious for fresh start with Browns
Jason Campbell is more interested in getting off to a fresh start with his new team rather than worry about where he might fit on the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback depth chart with Brandon Weeden.
“There’s nothing that’s been promised or has been said or written. But I’m going to come in and help the best way I possibly can,” Campbell said during a telephone conference call Thursday. “I’m not going to really get caught up in the speculation that might be going on.”
The speculation might be tough to avoid, given that the rebuilding Browns signed the eight-year veteran to a two-year contract this week to compete with Weeden, who is coming off an uneven rookie season.
And make no mistake, Campbell’s confident he still has what it takes to be an NFL starter.
“Yeah, I still believe I can still play that position,” he said.
The 32-year-old Campbell has 71 career starts split between Washington, Oakland and Chicago. And the Redskins’ 2005 first-round draft pick feels rejuvenated some 16 months since being sidelined by a broken collarbone.
“Last year, I spent most of my offseason rehabbing, getting my shoulder back right,” said Campbell, who spent last season with Chicago. “Having a full year and a full offseason to get back to feeling good and feeling normal, I definitely feel like I still can play at a high level.”
It wasn’t lost on Campbell that the injury occurred in a game against the Browns.
“I know, how ironic is that,” Campbell asked. “That’s something I thought about when I signed.”
new radio deal
The Browns have sold their broadcast rights to two rival local all-sports talk radio stations.
Starting next season, the Browns will be heard on ESPN WKNR AM/850 and CBS Radio’s WKRK FM/92.3, who compete for the area’s listeners. The game will also be heard on WNCX FM 98.5.
Since the team returned in 1999, the Browns’ games had been aired on WMMS FM/100.7 and WTAM AM/1100.
No financial terms were disclosed, and the contract is reportedly for five seasons.
Bill Kelly, Clear Channel’s vice president in Youngstown, said he has no comment on whether Clear Channel stations WKBN-AM 570 and WNCD-FM 93.3 would be part of the new network.
Browns president Alec Scheiner, who previously worked for the Dallas Cowboys, said the team’s broadcast partners had a “vision for what the Cleveland Browns needed in terms of content and exposure and programming.”
The Browns plan to keep the broadcast team of Jim Donovan and Doug Dieken together.