Skip to content

Brandon Weeden’s deal is done

Brandon+Weeden+Cleveland+Browns+Minicamp+azH82ZlkZf6l Getty Images

The day started with news that the Browns were on the verge of a deal with quarterback Brandon Weeden.

The news proved to be correct. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the 22nd pick of the 2012 Draft signed a four-year deal worth about $8.1 million. Cabot reports that Weeden received a partial guarantee in the fourth year of the deal.

That means Weeden will be able to join the rest of the Browns rookies in reporting to camp and starting work on Wednesday. He’ll be joined by running back Trent Richardson, who signed his own contract on Monday.

Now that Weeden’s signed, the waiting game shifts to the field. How long will it take for the Browns to go ahead and name the 28-year-old their starting quarterback?

The Browns don’t seem to have their heart in putting up much of a front about a competition for the job with Colt McCoy. They’ve talked openly about seeing Weeden, Richardson and wide receiver Josh Gordon, selected in the second round of the Supplemental Draft, playing leading roles in the offense for years to come, something that might as well start as soon as possible.

Permalink 16 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Cleveland Browns, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
16 Responses to “Brandon Weeden’s deal is done”
  1. msmouse05 says: Jul 24, 2012 2:41 PM

    Now lets get him named the starter so we can leave all the theatrics behind and get to work!

  2. qoojo says: Jul 24, 2012 2:46 PM

    I wonder if it’s a retirement contract like Steven Jackson is working on with the Rams.

  3. kuta82 says: Jul 24, 2012 2:50 PM

    The Browns have changed QBs and coaching staff like I’ve been changing my this is the last time for a while. One good thing about the franchise is that they have very loyal fans; even when they’re having a bad season those fans always show up..I think that city deserves nothing but a decent season..WHO DEY!

  4. goyzzo says: Jul 24, 2012 3:01 PM

    Bye Bye Colt, thank you for your sub-par efforts. And to all the Colt McCoy backers….yes he did have a chance, he just can’t do it.

  5. dumbasdirt says: Jul 24, 2012 3:04 PM

    Wow the Browns got a great deal (courtesy of last years CBA). $2 Million a year is chump change if he turns out to be a good starting QB. If not they can always use him as a back-up over the next few years.

  6. cledawg says: Jul 24, 2012 3:12 PM

    And here comes everybody who thinks he is original with a Old/Retirement joke.

  7. godofwine330 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:18 PM

    Glad the deal got done in time. I was fearing the dreaded situation where McCoy came in because of a hold-out, looked good then we ended up wasting a #1 pick. It still may turn out that we wasted a #1 pick, but at least it will be because he played and didn’t play well versus he was outplayed by a QB we already had on the roster.

    I hope this kid can do something, I really cannot take too many more years of bad football in Cleveland.

  8. kiopta1 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:24 PM

    Well Weeden you get 1-2 years to turn mud into wine…good luck.

  9. bigbenisa3toedsloth says: Jul 24, 2012 3:32 PM

    Dude has a rocket arm and hopefully we can bank on it. I know I know so did Anderson but no need to say more! Should make for an interesting season. Go Brownies!

  10. audient says: Jul 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    I don’t want to speak too soon, but this draft class has the potential to be the turnaround point the Browns.

    Sure, Weeden may be older than most rookie QBs, but if the Browns got four of five good years out of him, that would be a longer run than any QB they’ve had since returning to the league in ’99.

    And I really like the idea of watching these players develop together. There is so much to look forward to.

    After a little development, this team could take a leap forward not unlike the seeming out-of-nowhere Detroit Lions. But here, like in Detroit, it wouldn’t be out of nowhere. It would be because good drafting finally happened and finally paid off.

    Go Browns!

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 24, 2012 3:41 PM

    Well, he and the missus will be able to get away to Florida for part of the winter at least. Load up the Winnebago, pack the lawn darts and the gold clubs, and they’re on the road by the second of January or so.

  12. donjuan1906 says: Jul 24, 2012 3:52 PM

    bigbenisa3toedsloth says:
    Jul 24, 2012 3:32 PM
    Dude has a rocket arm and hopefully we can bank on it. I know I know so did Anderson but no need to say more! Should make for an interesting season. Go Brownies!


    And he’s wearing the same number as Anderson! LOL!!! Go figure

    But in all seriousness – they did right with the draft and the supplemental draft.

    They drafted a solid back with Richardson – who I think will make it to at least a couple of Pro-Bowls, he has that kind of ability. Nice sized QB with a solid arm, good touch and can make all the throughs, who’s already mature and understands the complexities of pro sports. Then they drafted a solid RT out of Mitchel Schwartz, last but not least – went and drafted a a big-bodied receiver with solid hands.

    The only thing Weeden, Schwartz, Richardson and Gordon got to do is, is show up, stay healthy, listen to Childress and Shurmur and we will be headed in a solid direction.

  13. herewegobrownies says: Jul 24, 2012 4:00 PM

    For once, it seems like the Browns Front Office finally has a plan and some urgency. Weeden and T-Rich form a dynamic duo. With Mitchell Schwartz, the Browns also have a formidable O-line. Greg Little and Josh Gordon have the potential to be NFL-caliber targets. Other possible weapons include Private Benjamin, Mo-Mass, rookie free agent Josh Cooper (one of Weeden’s Oklahoma State targets), plus pass catching TE Brad Smelley (7th round pick) to join our other TEs, Ben Watson and Evan Moore. And finally, an experienced Offensive Coordinator in Brad Childress. That’s quite a transformation in one offseason. Go Browns!

  14. cuda1234 says: Jul 24, 2012 4:08 PM

    Hang on a second. Colts’s a winner and a good guy. He wants it more than anyone else on the field. He works hard and stays out of trouble. He didn’t get a fair shake with last year’s lockout and no offseason with the new head coach. Plus the players around him suck.

    Or does that just apply to the Jets backup qb?

  15. coop16 says: Jul 24, 2012 7:24 PM

    Asking for a turnaround this year might be asking too much. It’s hard to count on rookies to be saviors. Give these guys a year or two in order to get accustomed to the pro game. Don’t get me wrong, I do think Weeden is going to be pretty good, but he’ll probably go through an adjustment period like most rookie QBs, even though he’s obviously older than most rookies. Older or not, he still has never faced an NFL defense, so we need to show some patience with him. The Browns might be competitive in 2-3 years but for now, with an extremely young team and a killer schedule (not to mention being stuck in the NFL’s toughest division), I’m afraid we’re going to suffer through another 4-12 season. And yes, I’m sick of it too.

  16. dobberdubinsky says: Jul 24, 2012 7:57 PM

    “The only thing Weeden, Schwartz, Richardson and Gordon got to do is, is show up, stay healthy, listen to Childress and Shurmur and we will be headed in a solid direction.”

    That’s the Browns problem right there, Chilli is running your offense. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but your offense is doomed the minute they hit the field. Thumbs down me for now, but next year in the offseason, those thumbs will be reversed, guaranteed.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!