Haslam: QB Weeden has to win starting job

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Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters in New Orleans on Friday that quarterback Brandon Weeden will have to compete for the starting job this year.

New head coach Rob Chudzinski said at offensive coordinator Norv Turner's introductory press conference in January that Weeden would not be guaranteed the starting job.

Haslam agreed.

"I think Norv and Chud have been very open that they like a lot of what Brandon (Weeden) does," Haslam said. "But we're going to have competition at that position. And I think competition makes us all better, and we'll see where that competition comes from."

Weeden, who was a starting rookie last year, seems to be a good fit for Chudzinski's vertical passing game, but the team will still take a look at the free agent and trade markets.

San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Alex Smith thrived under Turner when they worked together for the San Francisco 49ers in 2006. The team may look to trade him since he is due $8.5 million next season.

Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick is another option as the team may not want to keep him for the $15 million-plus he is scheduled to make.

Browns backup Colt McCoy remains in the Browns' plans, though his skill set is questionable for Chudzinski's style of offense.
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