There was an interesting post by Jason Hirschhorn of Sports on Earth today, and it involves QB, so I think I’m contractually obligated to comment on it. Apparently, a few draftniks think that the best situation for QBs is to let them sit for three seasons, then start, ala Aaron Rodgers/Brett Favre. Hirschhorn calls this stuff and nonsense (not his words) because NFL rookie deals are four years; in other words, you’re pissing away three out of the four years he’s guaranteed to be on your team. Hirschhorn’s best counterexample is Andrew Luck:
Take 2012 No. 1 overall selection Andrew Luck, who earned a base salary of just over $3.4 million in 2015, his fourth year in the league. The Colts exercised their option, but must now pay Luck over $16 million next season, a whopping increase of 374.5 percent. That looming windfall has shifted the power to the quarterback, who has yet to agree on a long-term extension with Indianapolis. When he does, most expect the new deal to set the new benchmark for the position, putting his team at a disadvantage when it comes to putting a capable supporting cast around him.
I think Luck is a good-to-great QB, but not the best in the game; however, he’ll get paid like the best, most likely.
For the Browns, the smart move is draft Goff or Wentz, then let them sit for a season. Hell, knowing RG3’s injury history, it might not even be a full season. Note that RG3’s deal is only for two years, so expecting him to be the future at QB is a fool’s errand at best. McCown is old (and probably gone). Davis sucks. Shaw is an unknown, with a ceiling of McCown. It is safe to say that the quarterback that leads Cleveland to the Promised Land (or at least out of hell) is not currently on the roster.