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Mike Pettine expects to sign veteran QB before first minicamp

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The Browns will hold their first minicamp at the end of April and they have decisions to make beyond figuring out whether center Alex Mack will still be on the roster at that point.

They have to settle on a quarterback to join the roster because Brian Hoyer’s rehab from a torn ACL leaves him unlikely to take many snaps during on-field work at that point in the offseason. Alex Tanney is the only other quarterback on hand, leaving coach Mike Pettine to say that the team will likely be signing a veteran quarterback to join the team before that first camp gets underway.

“As far as Brian’s been concerned, I know he’s progressing very well,” Pettine said, via ESPNCleveland.com. “[Trainer] Joe Sheehan’s been with Brian step for step with his rehab. I know that he will be at least available on a limited basis, but to the exact extent — what he can do drill work-wise, whether we can extrapolate that out and have him do some 11-on- 11 stuff — that question hasn’t been answered yet. He is ahead of schedule. We feel good about where he is. Certainly when you look at where he is and with Alex Tanney being the only other quarterback, that is a position we need to address.”

The list of veteran free agent quarterbacks was never particularly strong this offseason and the pickings are quite slim now. One possibility is Rex Grossman, who played for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston and Washington and would presumably be able to step right into what he’s put together in Cleveland.

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10 Responses to “Mike Pettine expects to sign veteran QB before first minicamp”
  1. pabrownsfan says: Apr 10, 2014 7:46 AM

    Sign Grossman.

  2. jjackwagon says: Apr 10, 2014 10:18 AM

    Jeff George is still available.

  3. awdlmd says: Apr 10, 2014 10:22 AM

    What were these guys thinking cutting both Campbell and Weeden. They aren’t exactly all-pros but they are better than any option they have now.

  4. jtakstaples says: Apr 10, 2014 1:10 PM

    sign Tebow

  5. evansvc says: Apr 10, 2014 2:15 PM

    Take a good look at Vince Young…. He can help…

  6. evansvc says: Apr 10, 2014 2:23 PM

    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..

  7. natureotbeast says: Apr 10, 2014 3:44 PM

    Tebow is over as a QB. If he was any good he’d be on an NFL team right now. The CFL wanted him, but he said he wasn’t giving up his “dream” to play QB in the NFL. Dude, you need to. Come back as TE. I definitely think you have a future there.

  8. tiedye95tiedye95 says: Apr 10, 2014 4:51 PM

    Don’t take Grossman! As a Cleveland fan that lives in Chicago, trust me. He is Weeden but shorter and throws more interceptions!

  9. danndfan says: Apr 11, 2014 3:29 AM

    I’ve been a Browns fan since 1966. I am so used to this now it’s not funny. Should have kept Jason Campbell. Now you have to look again. Here we go.

  10. td40 says: Apr 11, 2014 2:55 PM

    Somewhere in Ontario, Canada, a telephone rings in a grocery store.

    “Good afternoon. Thank you for calling Valu-Mart, Spergon Wynn speaking, how may I help you?”

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