The Cleveland Browns have solidified that Brian Hoyer will be the starter this season, for now. The Cleveland Browns released both Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell last night. This leave Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney as the only two quarterbacks listed on the Browns’ roster. Some speculate that the Browns will try to bring in a veteran quarterback, and get another in the upcoming draft.
Browns’ fans are glad to see Weeden go. After being drafted in the first round in 2012, Weeden didn’t live up to the numbers he produced at Oklahoma State University. Weeden consistently put up bad numbers and led the Browns to two consecutive seasons of losing records. Weeden was even benched in 2013, but due to injuries to Hoyer and Campbell, still had opportunities to play. After the season, Weeden released that he would like to play elsewhere, but retracted his statement later. Well, it looks like you got what you wanted Brandon!
Thirty-five minute after cutting Weeden, the Cleveland Browns released Jason Campbell. Campbell, who only played for one season, had his ups and downs in Cleveland in well. Plagued by injuries, Campbell finished out the season after the coaching staff decided to bench Weeden. Campbell came close in multiple games, but only came out with one win. Campbell was cut prior to being owed a $250,000 roster bonus.
This opens a window for the Browns to get two quarterbacks either in free agency or the draft. With a weak free agency pool, the Browns will have to wait for someone to become released. Reports have been going both ways about Matt Schaub in Houston, but the Browns could be interested in him if he is put on the free agency market because of his relationship with the offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. Schaub and Shanahan worked together for many years and would be able to run the offense that Shanahan wants to run in Cleveland.
The other option is the NFL Draft of course. With the number four overall pick, the Browns old a lot of different options in their hands. They could try to land one of the top prospects like Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, or Johnny Manziel, or wait until the later rounds and grab a guy like AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, or Zack Mettenberger. If they feel greedy, the Browns have definitely enough picks and roster size to grab two quarterbacks. Either way, Browns’ fans are happy to send Weeden out of Cleveland.