The Cleveland Browns are a mrs of a franchise, but somehow owner Jimmy Haslam has bought himself another life by scapegoating the apparently arrogant Joe Banner, thus cleansing his organization of the filth that bogged it down in 2013.
Haslam may very well be the issue — or at least a lethal part of it — but he’s borrowed some time from Banner and snow truing to put a winner on the field in 2014. Part of that winning strategy may be signing veteran quarterback Matt Scaub to bridge the gap between the old era of quarterback and the new one led by whomever Cleveland drafts.
They want competition for Brian Hoyer however, and Schaub already knows this system inside out from his time with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston. In fact, he thrived under him. Schaub is not as mobile and spry as he used to be, but with a new offensive system in place there, Schaub is an obvious choice and after making $15M a year the past few years, he will come cheaply.
Schaub isn’t a long-term answer but he doesn’t want to be a backup unless he has to be. That might mean he has to settle for being a bridge quarterback but if that pays the bills and gets him starts, there’s not much to complain about.
Well, maybe if it’s Cleveland calling (I kid Cleveland, know I love you).