Browns release Weeden, Campbell

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns have released quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Weeden was the first to be officially released by the Browns on Wednesday after being selected by the team in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and spending the first two years of his NFL career in Cleveland.

Campbell was released less than an hour later.

In two years with the Browns, Weeden played in 23 games and made 20 starts, but only five of them came in 2013.

After suffering a sprained thumb on his throwing hand in a 14-6 loss at the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 15, last season, Weeden was replaced in the starting lineup by Brian Hoyer.

Weeden returned to the lineup after Hoyer's season came to an end because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee during a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 3, but ineffective play led to the decision to start veteran backup Jason Campbell over Weeden against the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of October.

During his time with the Browns, Weeden completed 438 of 784 pass attempts for 5,116 yards and 23 touchdowns against 26 interceptions. He was sacked 55 times for 366 lost yards and lost three of his 12 career fumbles.

"First and foremost, the Browns would like to thank Brandon and his agent for being true professionals," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement released by the team on Wednesday "The circumstances in which he found himself were not easy for him or the team. After discussions with Brandon and his agent, we'd like to give him the ability to pursue other opportunities."

In his only season with the Browns, Campbell appeared in nine games and made eight starts. He completed 180 of 317 attempts for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He carried a 76.9 quarterback rating in those nine games despite being sacked 16 times for 97 lost yards.

"We appreciate Jason's contributions to the Browns in 2013," Farmer said. "He's a respected veteran player in this league. We felt like at this time, early in the free-agency period, we would give him a better opportunity to move forward. We wish Jason the best in his future endeavors."


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