The Cleveland Browns have been consistent with their intentions for Colt McCoy for the 2011 season. However, fans are beginning to wonder who will follow the former Texas Longhorn on the depth chart moving forward. Mike Holmgren was very persistent in evaluating quarterback talent over the course of the 2011 NFL Draft scouting period, but the team decided to go a different direction under the control of Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur.
Cleveland may not be the first team on the list of potential landing spots for the top quarterbacks available this summer. Although, it would be foolish to count the Browns out given the current state of the roster. Seneca Wallace is widely expected to be Cleveland’s second string option, but was quite clear that his intentions were to start for an NFL team before he signed a three-year extension. Jake Delhomme’s future with the club is surrounded with uncertainty as the 13-year veteran is expected to either take a pay cut or be released by the organization this summer.
If Cleveland does decide to look at the quarterback position this summer, here are three players the team may want to consider:
- Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles: Kolb has played in a West Coast system over his entire career with the Eagles and also has strong ties to Tom Heckert dating back to his tenure in Philadelphia’s front office. Kolb has been coveted by many teams for several years but has simply not been able to break the hold that has been keeping him behind Michael Vick in Philly.
- Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos: Kyle Orton has not had much time within the Broncos organization but is quickly being pushed out the door with Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn on the depth chart. Orton has put up better numbers than anyone on the Browns’ roster and could work well with an offensive guru like Pat Shurmur or Mike Holmgren.
- Marc Bulger, Free Agent: Bulger is in the same boat as Jake Delhomme but has the advantage of previously working with Pat Shurmur under his belt. Bulger worked as the backup signal caller for the Rams while Shurmur was the offensive coordinator and may have impressed enough to warrant another chance in Cleveland. The Browns will not likely take a player like Bulger expecting him to play while with the team.