Changes have once again arrived for the Cleveland Browns. Recently, this organization underwent drastic changes as GM Michael Lombardi and president Joe Banner both departed. This comes just weeks after Mike Pettine was hired as head coach.
Instability would be an accurate description of this situation, considering the dismissal of former coach Rob Chudzinski after just one year. Now quarterback Brandon Weeden wants out, according to multiple media reports. Honestly, such thinking is understandable because uncertainty creates a lot of pressure.
Weeden, a first-round draft pick in 2012, has compiled 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions over his first two seasons. It was clear that Cleveland’s previous regime did not support him, only having to revert to this option after Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell went down.
The soon to be third-year signal caller faces a relatively short window as he turns 31 in October. Many are aware that Weeden spent several years playing minor league baseball. There is solid arm strength on display, but his pocket presence must improve. I thought this player could be a reliable starter for years to come, but it just has not happened yet.
Cleveland currently holds the fourth overall pick as well as the 26th selection from the Indianapolis Colts. Chances are the QB situation will be addressed at some point, so Weeden will most likely become expendable. Teams looking for different starters include the Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders. New York Jets GM John Idzik is seeking competition for Geno Smith, and other clubs could always better backups as well.
There are better options, but Weeden definitely can help a team.