As of yesterday, the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback situation was in shambles. Then, the team signed veterans Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen. And now, the Browns’ quarterback situation is still in shambles.
While the additions of Young and Thigpen will certainly make the battle for the starting quarterback job more interesting, it does little to increase the “competition” at the position. We all know that Brian Hoyer is the starter as of right now, and the presence of one has-been and one never-was isn’t going to change that.
Even with Hoyer coming off of an ACL tear, the chances of him being outperformed by Young or Thigpen are slim to none.
The only way the Browns will bench Hoyer is if they select a quarterback during next week’s 2014 NFL Draft. They’re expected to be one of the top teams targeting a young gunslinger, and have two first-round picks to do so. If they were to take Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles or even one of the top second-round talents, the rookie quarterback will get first dibs at the starting job.
Put simply, Young and Thigpen are nothing more than cap arms. The Browns need some cheap hopefuls to throw to their wide receivers until they draft their franchise quarterback. The two veterans need some easy paychecks to keep their bills paid. It’s as simple as that.
Barring some miracle, Young and Thigpen will be gone before long. The Browns will hold on to Hoyer, Alex Tanney and whoever they draft in a week. That’s the way the NFL works – deal with it.