In 2011 Jason Campbell had settled into a home with the Oakland Raiders. It was his second year in the system and he looked as though he had finally begun to come into his own. It lasted all of six games before he was done in Oakland thanks to a season ending injury that led the team to trading for Carson Palmer. That in turn led to Campbell being released and signed by the Chicago Bears in 2012.
It was a smart move for the Bears after they had seen their franchise quarterback leave the last two seasons early with injuries of his own. True to form Jay Cutler suffered an injury in 2012 that held him out for a game. In stepped Campbell, and all the good the quarterback had gained from his time in Oakland was thrown out the window.
It did not help the seventh year signal caller that his first game back in action was against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. Campbell was hit and harassed all throughout the game, and the Bears suffered an embarrassing loss. Cutler came back the next week and Campbell was done for the season.
Campbell is a free agent once again, and there are questions as to whether the Bears will try to bring him back in again, or whether they are ready to look in another direction. Had he been a bit more impressive in his solitary start, then it probably would not even be a question, but with what he showed the Bears in that game, it makes it hard to see them trying too hard to retain his services.
The worst thing that could have happened to Campbell was losing it in Oakland. Hopefully he finds a team where he can be utilized in a productive manner.