While Brian Hoyer hopes to be Cleveland's "starting quarterback again," we learned this week that the team's former No. 1 pick, Brandon Weeden, is more than ready to move on from the struggling Browns.
NFL Media columnist Michael Silver reported Tuesday that Weeden wants a "fresh start with a clean slate and an opportunity to compete," according to a pair of sources close to the passer.
Asked firsthand Friday, Weeden told The Oklahoman: "I want to play football. I don't care. I just want to play football and be at a place where it's enjoyable and we can compete and win games. That's really what it's all about."
Releasing Weeden would trigger a salary cap hit, but the Browns have plenty of space to play with. With Hoyer in place and the Browns looming as a surefire bet to draft a quarterback in May, Weeden is ripe to be sent packing.
We wouldn't be surprised to see another team pick him up as camp fodder, possibly a club curious to see if his strong arm can be milked into throwing more accurate passes. Silver named the Cardinals, Texans and Bucs as potential suitors, but in all three cases, he'd be vying for a backup role at best.
Few third-year passers have been forced to endure more chaos, but nothing about Weeden's tape suggests a franchise gem in the making. His opportunities to remake himself will be limited.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.