Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL rumors: Browns to add veteran QB before minicamp begins


The Cleveland Browns had their eyes on former Houston Texans and current Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub in the offseason, but after losing out on Schaub they were left without depth under center.

But have no worries, Browns fans.

According to head coach Mike Pettine, the team will be looking to add a veteran quarterback before the team begins their first minicamp this offseason.

The Browns currently have only Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney under contract, so they would benefit by having another player in camp.

“As far as Brian’s been concerned, I know he’s progressing very well,” Pettine said, via ESPNCleveland.com. “[Trainer] Joe Sheehan’s been with Brian step for step with his rehab. I know that he will be at least available on a limited basis, but to the exact extent — what he can do drill work-wise, whether we can extrapolate that out and have him do some 11-on- 11 stuff — that question hasn’t been answered yet.

“He is ahead of schedule. We feel good about where he is. Certainly when you look at where he is and with Alex Tanney being the only other quarterback, that is a position we need to address.”

The veteran could also serve as a mentor to any young quarterback that the team adds in the 2014 NFL Draft.

As Pro Football Talk points out, one man to watch is Rex Grossman, who has played under Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan with both the Houston Texans and Washington Redskins.

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