Joining Tim Couch, Ty Detmer, Doug Pederson, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Luke McCown, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski, Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, and Colt McCoy as starting quarterbacks for the Browns since 1999, could the team finally have their man in a 28-year-old rookie?
The rookie quarterback inked a four-year, $8.1 million deal on Tuesday, July 24 just one day before first-year players were to report to training camp. Only three years of the four year deal are guaranteed, Weeden and his agent were pushing for four, albeit uncommon for late first-round picks.
While coach Pat Shurmur has not officially named Weeden as the team's starter, he is expected to be practicing with the first-team offense from the start of camp.
Unfortunately for Colt McCoy, the official signing of Weeden is just one more nail in the coffin for his career with the Browns. I anticipate McCoy will soon be dealt to a team looking for a backup quarterback. Seneca Wallace will likely be retained to serve as primary reserve and partial mentor to Weeden provided he accepts that role. It was rumored Wallace wanted nothing to do with helping McCoy during his short tenure as starter.
With Weeden under center, Browns' fans can hope for an offense that can perform better than the 213 points scored under McCoy's leadership last season. Weeden passed for a school record 9,260 yards and 75 touchdowns in 30 games with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Last season, his senior year, Weeden passed for 4,727 yards and 37 touchdowns. He played five seasons of professional baseball in the minor leagues prior to running football plays for Oklahoma State.
A completely retooled offense is something that should give Browns' fans some hope this season. A brand new quarterback and a dynamic new running back will certainly make a difference on the field this season. If the receivers can adapt to a fresh quarterback the team should be competitive and finally give fans something to cheer about.
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