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.