When the Cleveland Browns signed Jason Campbell in the offseason as a back up quarterback and someone to push last year’s starter Brandon Weeden, people immediately began speculating whether or not he will be the team’s starter moving forward or if Campbell could win the job.
For the immediate future, it appears that Weeden will be the team’s starter, but he will be on thin ice and 2013 could be his audition period for his long-term position with the team.
It’s amazing so many people still believe Weeden is on his way out. I believe the Browns have committed to Weeden – for one year, at least. If he doesn’t show significant improvement under the new coaches and system, they will reboot the QB search next year. If that happens, Mallett – who would be entering the final year of his New England contract – would be a prime option. I don’t envision Weeden being traded this year. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see no quarterback at all drafted this year.
The Browns current executives and coaching staff have no ties to Weeden, but it is only fair to give him a go this season and see if he can be their quarterback of the future.
When you take in consideration that new head coach Rob Chudzinski will be installing a vertical passing game, it looks like it could be tough for Weeden to succeed moving forward.
Time will tell if Weeden is the Browns quarterback of the future, but we at least know he will get the opportunity to convince his coaches that he is their guy. Ultimately, I’d expect to see a new quarterback in town next season.