Before he signed with the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens spoke with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this week.
The Browns took Weeden in the first round of the 2012 draft — it seems longer ago than that, doesn’t it? — a few regimes and coaches ago and made him their starter before he turned into a bust. Whether he actually would make a better backup to Joe Flacco than Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens’ interest shows they possibly want to upgrade.
They have been fortunate that Flacco has been durable, but should he go out, Taylor would represent a different kind of quarterback, a more mobile type that may be becoming in vogue around the league — Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson — but that doesn’t fit how the Ravens normally play.
ESPN.com’s Jamison Hensley evaluates the scenario this way: “Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens' backup for the past three seasons, can get the team through a game if Flacco got hurt. But if Flacco had to miss a significant amount of time, the Ravens' season would be over because Taylor isn't an accurate passer. … The Ravens shouldn't just bring in someone who will compete against Taylor this year. They should bring in someone who can actually win the job.”
Who might that be? One of the possibilities, Ryan Fitzpatrick, late of the Tennessee Titans, just signed with the Houston Texans. Another former Brown, Jason Campbell, has been added by the Cincinnati Bengals. Among the stay-in-the-pocket types, Rex Grossman, Shaun Hill and Matt Flynn are still out there.