Updated March 14, 2012 @ 3:47 a.m. ET
The Bears have signed QB Jason Campbell to a one-year contract, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday night.
Campbell played for the Raiders the past two seasons. In 2011, he started six games for Oakland before breaking his collarbone and missing the remainder of the season. During his time in the lineup, he completed 60.6 percent of his passes, throwing six touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Bears were in the market for a backup quarterback after opting not to re-sign Caleb Hanie. The team was 1-5 in games last season after Jay Cutler went down with a thumb injury.
The way we see it
The Bears now know what they have behind Cutler after badly misevaluating Hanie last season. Not having a quality backup cost the team dearly in 2011, so it is no surprise the team made signing a quarterback a top priority on the first day of free agency.
Campbell is a solid signalcaller who can fill in if necessary were Cutler to get hurt again. He has 70 career starts and is known for being an accurate and safe passer who can make throws in and out of the pocket.
The Bears solidified the QB position by signing Campbell, who has the ability to come in and start and produce if Jay Cutler goes down to injury. After watching their playoff hopes dashed when Cutler went down last season, they knew they had to solidify the backup position.
As a backup Campbell has no fantasy value, and in six games last year he threw for 1,170 yards, six TDs and four interceptions. That's a per-game average of 195 yards, one TD and 0.7 interceptions, and while not great, if Cutler does go down, he'll have value as a No. 2 fantasy QB.