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Report: Bears interested in retaining backup QB Jason Campbell

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

If you look at the list of the top-10 free agent quarterbacks this offseason, you'll quickly find that it's not a real impressive group. One of our blog friends actually termed the list “rancid,” and we'd be hard-pressed to disagree.

One of the biggest names, Matt Moore, was scratched off that list Friday, and now, the Bears reportedly want to keep Jason Campbell all to themselves as well. And the Chicago Sun Times writes that Campbell is willing to listen.

Campbell, before he was injured as the starter in Oakland in 2011 and had to watch as Carson Palmer took over his job for good, signed with the Bears before the 2012 season and backed up Jay Cutler. He started one game but looked bad in a loss to the 49ers in a game in which he was sacked six times and threw two interceptions.

Still, if you look at the top free-agent quarterbacks out there -- and I double-dog dare you to glance at it again -- you'd find that Campbell actually is one of the better options that would be available.

He signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal last season, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that he could land something similar for 2013 -- particularly when has reportedly earned a two-year, $8 million contract from Miami.

Or Campbell could wait and test his worth on the open market because it seems like there are franchises that would better their team by having Campbell play instead of their current top quarterback. (Looking at you, Arizona and Jacksonville).

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