A 10th-year NFL player in 2014, Campbell signed with Bengals as free agent and spent season No. 2 QB role ... Played in four games ... Veteran of 90 NFL games with 79 starts, he won an AFC Offensive Player of the Week award as recently as 2013 (for Cleveland) ... Entered NFL as a first-round draft choice of Washington (25th overall) and played for Redskins through 2009 ... Traded to Oakland in 2010 and was the Raiders’ starter in ’10 and ’11, until an injury prematurely ended his ’11 season ... Hue Jackson, Bengals offensive coordinator for 2014, was Campbell’s offensive coordinator in ’10 and his head coach in ’11 ... Campbell has 16,771 career passing yards, with 87 TDs against just 60 INTs.
Career transactions: Selected by Washington in first round of 2005 NFL Draft (25th overall) ... Signed with Redskins on 8-2-05 ... Traded by Redskins to Oakland on 4-24-10 for Raiders’ fourth-round pick in 2012 NFL Draft ... Signed renegotiated contract with Raiders on 4-27-10 ... Signed with Chicago as unrestricted free agent on 3-16-12 ... Signed with Cleveland as unrestricted free agent on 3-26-13 ... Contract terminated by Browns on 3-12-14 ... Signed with Cincinnati as free agent on 3-20-14.
2014 highlights: Played in four games (Games 3-4, 9 and 13), in late relief of starter Andy Dalton, and passed 11-for-19 for 74 yards ... No TD passes or INTs ... Active-DNP for Games 1-2, 5-8 and 10-14 ... On Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, closed out a win, passing one-for-two for minus-three yards ... Went three-for-five for 45 yards in relief role on Oct. 5 at New England ... Went three-for-six for seven yards on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... Went four-for-six for 25 yards on Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh ... Played in three preseason games, with one start, and passed 26-for-45 (57.8) for 253 yards with three TDs and two INTs (77.4 passer rating).
Previous seasons: 2005—Rookie was inactive third QB for all 16 games and both postseason games for Washington, behind veterans Mark Brunell and Patrick Ramsey. 2006—Did not play (third QB) in Washington’s first nine games ... Promoted ahead of Mark Brunell to starting QB position for last seven games ... Made NFL debut in 20-17 loss on Nov. 19 at Tampa Bay, starting and posting 92.3 rating on 19-of-34 for 196-2-0 ... Led his first win on Nov. 26 vs. Carolina, a 17-13 decision in which he erased 13-10 deficit with 66-yard fourth-quarter TD pass to Chris Cooley. 2007—Played and started first
13 games for Washington ... Suffered knee injury in Game 13, Dec. 6 vs. Chicago, and missed last three regular-season games plus Wild Card playoff loss ... Posted 125.3 passer rating in Oct. 7 win vs. Detroit, completing 23-of-29 for 248-2-0 ... On Nov. 18 at Dallas, completed Washington-record 33 passes (33-54 for 348-2-1), surpassing mark of 32 set by Sonny Jurgensen in 1967. 2008—Started all 16 Redskins games and served as a team captain ... Logged 3245 passing yards, with 13 TD passes and just six INTs ... Led NFL in lowest INT percentage (1.2) ... Second on team in rushing yards (258) ... Threw game-winning 67-yard TD pass to Santana Moss on Sept. 14 vs. New Orleans ... Passer ratings of 112.2 on Sept. 21 vs. defending NFC champ Arizona and of 108.4 on Sept. 28 at Dallas ... Passer rating of 127.4 in win Oct. 26 at Detroit, completing 23-of-28 (career-best 82.1 percent) for 328-1-0. 2009—Started all 16 Washington games for second straight season ... Logged career season-bests in passing yards (3618), completions (Redskins record 327), completion percentage (64.5), TD passes (20) and passer rating (86.4) ... Completed career-long 84-yard pass, for a TD, to Malcolm Kelly in season finale 1-3-10 at San Diego. 2010—Traded in April from Washington to Oakland ... Played 13 Raiders games, with 12 starts ... Raiders were 7-5 in his starts ... Career-best passer rating of 127.9 in Oct. 24 win at Denver, completing 12-of-20 for 204-2-0, and came back with 120.0 rating in win Oct. 31 vs. Seattle. 2011—Started Oakland’s first six games, with team posting 4-2 record, but suffered season-ending injury (broken collarbone) in second quarter of Game 6, Oct. 16 vs. Cleveland ... Had a pair of 300-yard passing games, 323 on Sept. 18 at Buffalo and 344 on Oct. 2 vs. New England. 2012—Signed with Chicago as unrestricted free agent and spent season as backup to Jay Cutler ... Played in six games (active-DNP for other games) ... One start, replacing injured Cutler in loss Nov. 19 at San Francisco. 2013—Signed with Cleveland as unrestricted free agent and started eight of last nine games (one missed due to concussion) Elevated (coaches’ decision) over Brandon Weeden into starting role for Game 8, Oct. 27 at Kansas City, with QB Brian Hoyer already out for season due to knee injury ... Against Kansas City, passed 22-for-36 for 293-2-0 (105.4 passer rating), in 23-17 loss against NFL’s only still-unbeaten team ... Stayed hot on Nov. 3 vs. Baltimore, earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week as he posted 116.6 rating (23-for-35 for 262-3-0) in 24-18 win ... Passed for career-high 391 yards, second-most in Browns history in a road game, on Dec. 8 vs. New England ... Directed two 80-yard TD drives in fourth quarter on Dec. 15 vs. Chicago ... Played in only one of season’s first seven games, relieving injured Weeden late in fourth quarter Sept. 15 at Baltimore.
College: Played four seasons (2001-04) at Auburn, starting 40 games ... Led Tigers to 13-0 season as a senior, but Auburn finished second to 13-0 USC for BCS national championship ... Named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, and was MVP in SEC Championship game and in Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech ... Finished seventh as a senior in Heisman Trophy voting ... Left Auburn ranked second in school history in passing yards (7299), completions (552) and TD passes (45), trailing only Stan White in yards and completions and only Pat Sullivan in TD passes.
Personal: Hometown is Laurel, Miss. ... Attended Taylorsville High School, where he was named Gatorade Player of the Year in Mississippi in 1999 ... Also an all-state basketball player in high school ... Active in community service throughout his career, he has hosted golf events to benefit leukemia/lymphoma research, has spoken at high schools and has hosted an annual football camp in Mississippi ... Earned degree from Auburn in public administration.
The Cincinnati Bell Connector will operate late after Thursday night’s Bengals game to accommodate fans who ride the streetcar.
After going through some adversity Sunday, the competitive juices of Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Adam Jones are flowing into Thursday night's (8:25-Cincinnati's Channel 12 and NFL Network) game against the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium.
This is why the Bengals think Vontaze Burfict can help them even if he plays only the key snaps in his return to the middle of their defense Thursday night (8:25-Cincinnati’s Channel 12 and NFL Network) against the Dolphins at Paul Brown Stadium. It’s got everything to do with his smarts. Starting on third down.