Despite nothing actually being announced yet, former Bengals quarterback Jason Campbell is leaning toward retirement. The latest report assuming Campbell's retirement comes from NFL Insider, Ian Rapoport. Earlier this year, Pro Football Talk initially promoted the idea of his retirement after Campbell decided against re-signing with the Bengals, while also turning down an opportunity to become Joe Flacco's backup in Baltimore.
Campbell was selected by the Washington Redskins as a first round pick out of Auburn in the 2005 draft. He spent five years in D.C. before bouncing around the league. Campbell spent 2010 and 2011 with the Raiders, 2012 with the Bears, 2013 with the Browns, and 2014 with the Bengals.
It appears his 2014 stint with the Bengals may be the end of his NFL career. In 2014 Campbell played in four games, three of which came in garbage time. Campbell's fourth appearance was a brief entrance at the end of the Bengals' home game against the Steelers when Andy Dalton got the wind knocked out of him in the final minutes of the game.
In 2014, Campbell completed 11 of 19 passing attempts for 74 yards, no touchdowns and 1 fumble. Campbell started 52 games in his five seasons with Washington before becoming the full-time starter in Oakland in 2010. After six games in 2011, a collarbone injury derailed his chance with the Raiders. Campbell started one game for the Bears in 2012 and eight for the Browns in 2013.
Campbell turning down the Bengal's contract extension is likely what triggered the signing of Josh Johnson, who is competing against Terrelle Pryor and AJ McCarron for backup roles behind Andy Dalton. As for Baltimore, they ultimately signed Matt Schaub to backup Joe Flacco after showing interest in Campbell. It never appeared Campbell, who attempted the fewest passes in a season (19) since his rookie year, was getting any other interest around the NFL.