Because the Cleveland Browns can’t stop being hilarious, here’s another goofy story out of Cleveland. According to a report from the NFL Network‘s Michael Silver, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has told the team that he’d like to leave the team.
First of all, it’s not Weeden’s fault he was drafted in the first round by Cleveland and thrown into a crappy situation. We talked earlier in the week about owner Jimmy Haslam’s laughable tenure thus far, and the turmoil and turnover in the team’s front office and on the coaching staff is pretty much unprecedented in the league. When Weeden was drafted 22nd overall back in 2012, Pat Shurmur was the team’s head coach and the general manager was Tom Heckert. Since then, they’ve already hired and fired both Rob Chudzinski as head coach and Mike Lombardi as GM, and replaced them each with Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer.
Weeden has shown flashes here-and-there, but his time under center for Cleveland has been largely underwhelming. Last season, he was benched several times as the Browns cycled through QBs, and he finished the season having completed 52 percent of his passes for 1,731 yards and 9 TDs and 9 INTs. He hasn’t had a lot of talent with which to work, either, as other than Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, Cleveland has what amounts to zero useful skill position players. Greg Little has failed to develop and Davone Bess has imploded before our eyes this offseason. And we know how underwhelming they are in the backfield.
Still, though, the notion that the Browns drafted a then-28-year-old QB in the first round is still incredibly sad/funny, if for no other reason than it’s just another tally on their ever-growing ledger of inept moves. Oh, and a quarterback drafted two rounds later just won the freaking Super Bowl.
What might the market be for Weeden? Well, considering he’s already 30 and hasn’t shown any level of consistent success yet, the Browns would likely get very little by way of a trade. He’s one year younger than Ben Roethlisberger, who has seemingly been in the NFL forever.
Teams are always looking for quarterbacks, even backups, so it’s not unreasonable to think they couldn’t pry a late-round pick from a team interested in taking a flier on a guy with a big arm like Weeds. He’s also still currently on his rookie contract, so the financial hit would be smaller than signing a free agent for a potential suitor, as well.
I’d say I feel sorry for the Browns, but Haslam has brought this chaos upon himself, so it’s tough to feel to sympathetic.