The New York Jets Should Bring in Free Agent QB Jason Campbell to Compete for the Starting Job

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It’s no secret that the New York Jets are looking to upgrade their quarterback spot in 2013.

After four seasons of Mark Sanchez, new Jets general manager John Idzik and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be searching far and wide for quarterbacks who can compete for a starting job.

The new league year doesn’t start until March 12, when NFL transactions are officially allowed to process, but that doesn’t mean that teams haven’t been laying the groundwork for impending moves.

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly agreed to a trade involving quarterback Alex Smith, for one, a deal that will not officially be consummated until the start of the new league year.

Meanwhile, the Jets have reportedly worked out former Miami Dolphins quarterback David Garrard, who hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2010, as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Reading the tea leaves here in New York, the Jets will part ways with Tim Tebow and could bring as many as five quarterbacks to training camp, including Sanchez and Greg McElroy, in a wide open competition.

That’s why, when free agency begins in March, I think it would be wise for the Jets to make a strong push for the man pictured above, 31-year-old free agent quarterback Jason Campbell.

Campbell, a former first round pick of the Washington Redskins, who has also played for the Oakland Raiders and most recently the Chicago Bears, could be one of the better available quarterbacks this off-season.

While many have talked up ex-Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, I think that Jason Campbell could be another viable option for the Jets to bring in and compete for the starting job, and he could be relatively affordable as well.

Campbell’s early career was hampered by a Redskins organization that could not find any consistency on the offensive coaching staff, and I think Marty Mornhinweg could a very good influence on the veteran quarterback.

I don’t expect Campbell to be a godsend or anything like that, but I think he’s being overlooked when it comes to the admittedly weak crop of available quarterbacks this off-season, be it via the draft, free agency or trade.

He showed a few glimpses of solid play with the Raiders, before breaking his collarbone midway through the 2011 season and settling for one-year deal as a backup with the Bears in 2012.

So consider this my way of throwing Campbell’s name into the proverbial hat. At this point, the more the merrier.

Jon Presser is’s New York Jets Lead Columnist
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