CLEVELAND, Ohio – Moments before introducing their three newest players, the Browns sacked two disappointing quarterbacks, fueling speculation about what moves the team’s new management might make to acquire a signal-caller that can bring them the success fans feel has been just outside their grasp.
Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell got dumped 33 minutes apart. The two were among the parade of quarterbacks who tromped through the Browns’ locker room in 2013 in a situation that became almost laughable when the team reached into the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to acquire Alex Tanney as a backup in case Campbell was felled by injury like Weeden and third-stringer Brian Hoyer.
With only Brian Hoyer as a likely candidate to make the two-deep, fans and analysts are speculating what the Browns will do with their two first-round draft picks.
Will they draft a quarterback, such as Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel or Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, with one of those first-round picks? Or, will they trade for a more experienced quarterback, possibly dangling one of those draft picks in hopes of loosening Houston’s grip on Matt Schaub?
Weeden was let go Wednesday less than two years after the Browns selected him in the first round with the idea he would solve a position that has haunted the franchise since its expansion return 15 years ago. After recovering from a thumb injury, he was reinstated as starting quarterback, only to lose the job to Campbell after two poor performances.
Shortly after the Browns sent out a release about Weeden, they emailed a nearly identical one concerning Campbell, who went 1-7 as a starter last season.
Though expected, the moves were somewhat stunning since they trumped the introductions of former Buckeye safety Donte Whitner, linebacker Karlos Dansby and cornerback Isaiah Trufant. The free agents passed physicals and signed free agent contracts as blizzard-like conditions battered the team’s facility in Berea.