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Browns not expected to join the Josh Freeman chase


The Browns may still add a quarterback, but it doesn’t appear they’re in the market for a deposed starter with recent experience.

According to Tony Grossi of, the Browns have crossed former Buccaneers starter Josh Freeman off the list of potential roster replacements for Brian Hoyer, who tore his ACL last night.

From a totally cynical perspective, Freeman has shown himself to be talented enough to jeopardize the draft position needed to draft a quarterback next year, which is a clearly stated plan of Browns management.

The Browns appeared well on their way to the top of the selection order before Hoyer took over, and now that they’re back in the hands of Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell, they could well get back there.

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  1. Bill Belichick says: Oct 4, 2013 3:02 PM

    They probably should…

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 4, 2013 3:03 PM

    Football is boring when the Redskins aren’t playing. #LookslikeIllbewatchingSoccerthisSunday

  3. mogogo1 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:04 PM

    Their perpetual strategy is draft position. So they can pick all the wrong guys and then be in position for another great pick to waste the next year.

  4. sickoe47 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:05 PM

    The cardinals would be a great fit for josh Freeman.

  5. greg2geez says: Oct 4, 2013 3:05 PM

    Why tap dance around accusing the Browns of tanking for a top pick? Just say it.

  6. shadowcell says: Oct 4, 2013 3:10 PM

    Although he had enormous help from his defense and special teams, Weeden did get the job done last night in a tough situation. He wasn’t particularly spectacular and another performance like that probably won’t be enough against the likes of the Lions or the Chiefs, but he played a competent game and didn’t do anything to harm the Browns’ cause. So perhaps Hoyer’s brief ascendance was what he needed to get a fire lit under his butt. And maybe having a healthy right guard and Josh Gordon back will help him out too.

    Even so, seeing as how they’ve lost one quarterback for the season, the other one is coming off an injury of his own, and the third is Jason Campbell, I can’t see the downside in the Browns snapping up Freeman for the minimum.

  7. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 4, 2013 3:14 PM

    Chase? Really?!?
    Is there one?

  8. arcaero says: Oct 4, 2013 3:17 PM

    the men sitting in the Browns owner’s suite last night did not look like a bunch of people who were tanking the season

  9. ampats says: Oct 4, 2013 3:18 PM

    The problem the Browns have is that they have at least two more wins the Jacksonville will get this year knocking them out the the T Bridgewater lottery.

  10. scaredhitless says: Oct 4, 2013 3:33 PM

    They’re 3-2 right now. Don’t rule them out for the playoffs.

  11. nyfootballgiants says: Oct 4, 2013 3:38 PM

    That’s right, this 3 game winning streak is really helping them to tank for the season.

    What does Freeman offer the Browns that they can’t get from Weeden?

    And Freeman’s rep certainly wasn’t helped by missing the team photo, leaking the story about his losing his captaincy, etc.

    I’d stay away from Freeman –regardless of what team i am.

  12. wfederal says: Oct 4, 2013 3:42 PM

    Whoever said Weeden looked good last night is crazy. I’d love to see the Browns make a run but Weeden is still garbage. He had a couple of good passes but he will have to do more than that. Most of his passes (even the ones that were completed except for two) were thrown wayyyy too late. He has shown over and over again that he holds onto the ball way too long. I don’t see that changing any time soon. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks and he is very old… and very bad.

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 4, 2013 3:45 PM

    Freeman, Tebow, and J Russell should go play in Canada.

  14. jumbomesquite says: Oct 4, 2013 3:50 PM

    This division is neck-and-neck with the NFC East for the worst in football. The Browns have a good defense. If Weeden plays well (not great, but not horrible) they could definitely win the North.

  15. brownsclown says: Oct 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    Lombardturd selecting a quarterback is about as reassuring as an earthquake in a coal mine!

  16. ytownjoe says: Oct 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    With Weeden at QB, I can only find three more wins for the Browns.
    1. Jax
    2. Jets
    3. One against the Steelers

  17. steelerben says: Oct 4, 2013 3:57 PM

    I can’t understand why a team wouldn’t try and make a run at winning right now. They already have two first round draft picks and what is looking to be a solid team, if not a world beater. Why not roll the dice on Freeman and see if he can get you over the hump? Two year deal, with the second year optioned. If he gets you to the post season use next year’s draft to fill in the blanks. If he doesn’t, cut bait, package some picks and move up in the draft. Jacksonville, New York, Pittsburgh, Oakland and Arizona all have enough holes on their rosters that having two lower first rounders as opposed to one high first rounder would make a real difference.

    Wasting the first season in forever that neither Pittsburgh or Baltimore look like they have it together to bet on next year is lunacy.

  18. florioinitalianmeansnonsense says: Oct 4, 2013 3:58 PM

    “From a totally cynical perspective, Freeman has shown himself to be talented enough to jeopardize the draft position needed to draft a quarterback next year, which is a clearly stated plan of Browns management.”

    Ugh, that’s the equivalent to the CIA training ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels to not win and not lose the war. Stupid.

  19. carranofa says: Oct 4, 2013 4:07 PM

    Chase? Really?

  20. ohnoflorio says: Oct 4, 2013 4:09 PM

    Jets defense will absolutely POUND Weeden and thus, the Browns will NOT beat the Jets — no shot. Besides, who are the browns to be looking through the schedule and noting “wins”, they still suck n always will…

  21. justintuckrule says: Oct 4, 2013 4:12 PM

    Are you suggesting that the Browns are winning despite the owners’ mission statement? That is a page taken right out of the movie Major League which coincidentally involved another team from Cleveland.

    Is Haslam gonna start forcing the team to take the decrepit 70’s Browns’ bus to and from road games now??? Get rid of the hot tub? Who plays the role of Rachel Phelps?

    There’s only one thing left to do….win the whole bleepin’ thing. – – Jake Taylor

  22. murraysons says: Oct 4, 2013 4:17 PM

    You know your QB’s are bad when Josh Freeman is a threat to derail the Play Dead for Ted plan…

  23. sarcasm says: Oct 4, 2013 4:55 PM

    Chase? What chase?

  24. weepingjebus says: Oct 4, 2013 4:57 PM

    I’d like to take this moment to throw my own hat into the ring here. I’ve thrown a few footballs in my day, and since I’ve never actually played in the NFL it’s possible I’m actually the greatest NFL player ever. I’ll also take the job for 10% less than Weeden’s salary. Give me a call, Browns.

    p.s. Thanks but no thanks, Jets

  25. onebucplace says: Oct 4, 2013 4:58 PM

    The Browns have already won 2 more games than the Bucs and Jags will win this year, they’re not getting the top pick. I’d certainly rather have Freeman than anyone on their team right now. Hell I’d rather have Freeman than anyone on my team right now.

  26. freepretzels says: Oct 4, 2013 5:54 PM

    Makes no sense. A young athletic QB and you don’t want him… for Tyler Thigpen? What did Browns fans do to deserve this crap?

  27. surfinbird1 says: Oct 4, 2013 7:02 PM

    Josh Freeman is damaged goods right now, His best bet might be to find a team that can afford to let him sit/practice for a year and get his head straight. Don’t know if there’s a team out there to do that and that Josh would be willing to listen to some good coaching.

  28. urbusted2 says: Oct 4, 2013 11:29 PM

    Three words….PLAY ACTION PASS….No running game takes that threat away. Freeman and Weeden are the same in that they both hold the ball too long and live off the play action pass. The Browns were screwed when Hoyer went down. Freeman wouldn’t offer them a thing.

  29. mrfrostyj says: Oct 5, 2013 12:08 AM

    Anyone that thinks Cleveland should go after Josh Freeman doesn’t understand football and has never seen Cleveland, nor Freeman play.

    Cleveland scored all 37 points AFTER Hoyer went down with Weeden playing, the same Weeden who some were anointing the chosen one in the pre-season before people discovered the hidden secret that apparently backup receivers drop the ball a lot (when Gordon was serving his two game suspension). Freeman wants to start. How exactly would it make sense for Cleveland to bring him in? The whole reason they are collecting these draft picks is to get a franchise QB if Weeden isn’t the guy, not pick up someone elses draft bust with an over inflated salary, that’s the Oakland Raiders job (sorry had to take a jab at Matt Flynn).

    At the end of the day this is the 3rd time fans have brushed the Browns off. No matter whether it’s Weeden, Hoyer, Rex Grossman, Ryan Leif or whomever, the Browns haven’t lost a game since Week 2. Maybe, just maybe they have a coaching staff that knows what they’re doing….just a thought.

  30. swaggerville1 says: Oct 5, 2013 12:11 AM

    Josh is a problem and he carved out his own issue. Why would anyone want a nut-job like him on their roster?

    His best bet is in the CFL.

  31. brownsbacker1979 says: Oct 5, 2013 1:21 AM

    ohnoflorio says:
    Jets defense will absolutely POUND Weeden and thus, the Browns will NOT beat the Jets — no shot. Besides, who are the browns to be looking through the schedule and noting “wins”, they still suck n always will…


    Are you really a Jets fan talking about someone sucking? That’s like Steve Urkel calling someone a nerd. Shut up, clown.

  32. keifer1751 says: Oct 5, 2013 1:35 AM

    Josh Freeman has a tremendous upside. He has never had a real NFL coach. Jim Harbaugh, Mike McCarthey, John Harbaugh, and Bill Belichick are a few of the real coaches that could make Freeman a very good quarterback. Greg Schiano, conversely is a piece of garbage. He was a horrible hire and he, and GM Mark Dominik, should both be out of the NFL. Today would be fine.

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