The Cleveland Browns have undergone a complete overhaul of their front office with Michael Lombardi being hired as general manager and Rob Chudzinski named the head coach.
Both have been reluctant to discuss the future of quarterback Brandon Weeden since taking control of the Browns last month. Lombardi said he needs time to evaluate Weeden while Chudzinski said it would be “premature” to call Weeden the team’s starting quarterback for next season.
However, Weeden “absolutely” intends on keeping the job. According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Weeden is supremely confident he’ll win the Browns starting job next fall.
“I completely expect to be the starter,” Weeden said. “That’s my mindset going in. I’m confident in my ability to be the guy, to lead this football team.”
Weeden threw for 3,385 yards, 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in his rookie season with the Browns. Team CEO Joe Banner said the team is not focusing on quarterback for their first round draft pick this year. The Browns have also denied they are the team that has reportedly reached a trade agreement with the San Francisco 49ers for Alex Smith.
As of right now, the only competition for Weeden would come from Colt McCoy, Josh Johnson and Thad Lewis. If the Browns don’t add a quarterback this off-season, Weeden would likely be the front-runner to keep the job next year.