Browns not locked in on Weeden

Browns not locked in on Weeden
February 11, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Meanwhile, in Cleveland …

Despite having gone through the 2012 season as the Browns’ starting quarterback in his rookie season, Brandon Weeden doesn’t necessarily have the No. 1 job for 2013, Cleveland’s new head coach has said. Rob Chudzinski termed it “premature” to label Weeden the starter.

If Weeden were upset about that, he didn’t show it last week when interviewed by the Associated Press.

"I expect competition,” Weeden said. “That's the way professional sports are. Unless you're Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or these guys, you might as well expect for somebody to try to come take your job. That's part of the business. But it's also the fun part. You get to compete and try to be a winner."

With the sixth pick in the first round and room under its salary camp, Cleveland could shop for a new quarterback. Weeden completed 57.4 percent of his passes in 2012, with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, as the Browns went 5-11.

"There's going to be changes. Obviously, we've already seen some,” he said, referring to the coaching and front-office moves since owner Jimmy Haslam assumed control. “But there's going to be competition. The guys that drafted me are no longer there, so I fully expect there to be competition. I would want competition. I want to go into camp and compete. If I had won 10 or 11 games last year, that may not be the case, but we weren't able to get that done."

A new regime means a greater chance to change quarterbacks. If the same front office were in place, it would risk looking foolish picking up another QB a year after drafting one in the first round. But a new group isn’t tied to anything that came before.

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