At this stage, the Browns have focused mostly on defense, adding players like LBs Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves, DT Desmond Bryant, and CBs Chris Owens and Kevin Barnes. The only additions to the offense have been a pair of tight ends. That was, at least, until the Browns signed Jason Campbell.
I think Campbell is here to help Weeden transition effectively to an NFL offense. He’s been in the league a while now (since 2005), and has performed reasonably well. He could, theoretically, start over Brandon Weeden, which I would argue against for two reasons:
1. Brandon Weeden isn’t as bad as you think he is.
2. The team was confident enough to spend a 1st round pick on Weeden.
Now, this probably means an end to Colt McCoy’s career as a Brown. I still maintain he was never given a fair shot — like Brady Quinn, he was chewed up and spit out by the Cleveland media, when he was in actuality a pretty okay QB. That being said, McCoy’s ceiling is probably dependable backup — he could have Kordell Stewart’s career, which worked out for Kordell Stewart, if nobody else. McCoy aside, the real impact of this move is a negative one: by committing actual money to a backup/possible starter, the Browns won’t draft a QB this year (at least not in the first three rounds). That’s something of a relief, and I look forward to seeing what Campbell can do on the field.
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