With all of the churn in Cleveland, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden apparently is saying, “Let me out.”
To which the reaction would be: Oh, we forgot he was still there.
NFL.com’s Michael Silver reports (via Pro Football Talk): “Given the turmoil with the coaching staff and lack of support from the most recent front office, he’s looking a fresh start, a clean slate, a place where he can show he has the talent to be a productive player in this league.”
Even before the Browns changed head coaches and now this week’s ouster of their general manager and CEO, Weeden wasn’t being projected as anyone’s long-term — or even short-term — answer at quarterback in Cleveland.
The club had soured on him in two seasons after drafting him in the first round in 2012. In addition to playing for two coaches already, Weeden was functioning in a regime that hadn’t drafted him and wasn’t committed to him. He lost his starting job in 2013 to Brian Hoyer and then Jason Campbell.
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And he didn’t play so great. He had nine touchdowns and nine interceptions and a passer rating of 70.3. He lost all five games he started. In his last start — which may turn out to be his actual last start for the Browns — he did throw for 370 yards, but he was also intercepted twice, and keep in mind this was in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The discussion about quarterback in Cleveland has been about whom the Browns might pick up in the draft or whether they would want to give Hoyer — who went 3-0 as a starter in 2013 — another try. No one has been talking about Weeden.
So this report serves as the QB waving his arms and yelling, “Hey, over here! Remember me?” Having been reminded, we are left to wonder whether the new Browns leadership will try to trade Weeden or simply let him go.