The Cleveland Browns are bringing in one other quarterback this offseason.
The Browns reached a one-year deal with former 2018 top-10 decide Josh Rosen on Thursday evening, in accordance to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The transfer comes after Rosen and A.J. McCarron labored out for the franchise earlier on Thursday. The group remains to be unlikely to commerce for Jimmy Garoppolo, in accordance to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, after the San Francisco 49ers reportedly allowed Garoppolo to search a commerce.
But with Deshaun Watson probably to be suspended for at the very least a part of the 2022 season, the Browns wished to sign one other quarterback to again up Jacoby Brissett when he inevitably begins Week 1. Joshua Dobbs would then be the group’s No. 3 quarterback till Watson returned.
Neither McCarron nor Rosen are flashy names, and each have been largely profession backups within the NFL.
Rosen was the fourth quarterback taken and tenth general decide within the 2018 draft after Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, however solely lasted one season with the Arizona Cardinals earlier than being traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2020. He floundered in Miami as nicely and located himself on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers observe squad in 2020 earlier than signing with the 49ers on the finish of the season. Coincidentally, the Falcons signed Rosen in 2021 after McCarron suffered his ACL harm, the place he accomplished 2-of-11 passes over two video games in reduction of Matt Ryan on the finish of the yr.
McCarron signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021 however tore his ACL within the group’s second preseason recreation and missed the entire yr. His final passing try got here in 2019 when he was the backup to Watson with the Houston Texans. McCarron has tried simply 174 passes in 17 video games because the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him within the fifth spherical in 2014.
Another identify that has been floated as a doable choice for Cleveland is Cam Newton. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk mentioned “there’s apparently some chatter about the possibility of the Browns adding Cam Newton.” Whether or not that is a legit choice stays to be seen.
There’s at the very least sufficient smoke round this concept to counsel two issues in regards to the Browns: They anticipate a Watson suspension sooner quite than later and so they need to shore up their quarterback room within the occasion that he misses important time with out sacrificing some huge cash or property.
Given how barren the backup quarterback market is in the meanwhile (Mike Glennon or Garrett Gilbert are additionally obtainable), Rosen seems like the very best choices for the Browns if they do not need to commerce for somebody.