When the Browns hired Mike Lombardi as general manager and Rob Chudzinski as head coach, there was a lot of talk that they weren’t enamored with the starting quarterback they inherited, Brandon Weeden. But as the Browns open their offseason workouts, Weeden looks like the No. 1 quarterback by default.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Weeden will take most of the snaps with the first offense this offseason, and the assumption is he will be the Week One starter.
Lombardi, Chudzinski and the rest of the Browns’ decision makers reportedly don’t think any of the quarterbacks in this year’s draft is worthy of their No. 6 overall pick, and so it appears that they won’t take a quarterback in the first round of the draft. After spending a first-round pick on Weeden last year, the Browns aren’t likely to spend a first-round pick on another quarterback this year.
As for the other three quarterbacks on the roster, only Jason Campbell would seem to have any chance of beating Weeden out in a quarterback competition, as Colt McCoy doesn’t appear to have any future with the team and Thaddeus Lewis has never been better than third on a depth chart. Campbell took backup money from the Browns and will apparently be the backup to Weeden.
At least, Campbell will be the backup to Weeden at first. If Weeden struggles, Campbell is there to take the No. 1 job. But at the moment, the No. 1 job is Weeden’s.