Jimmy Haslam III said the Browns will have an open quarterback derby. The team just won’t hand Brandon Weeden the starting quarterback job. He will have to earn it and Colt McCoy will be included in that q.b. derby. Last season the Browns just handed Weeden the starting job even though McCoy looked better in the preseason. Haslam III said the team is still committed to building through the draft, so as far as making a big splash in free agency, don’t look for the Cleveland Browns to make any. Unless they can bring in a few free agents at the right price, the Browns are just not going to bring the free agents in.
This is a bit surprising, people were thinking that Haslam would spend what ever it takes to build a winner in Cleveland. Seeing him speak from New Orleans I didn’t get the feeling that his check book was wide open. He almost seemed like he thought some of these free agents were over priced. The Browns are going to need to get some guys for their defense this off season, especially if they plan on switching to the 3-4 defense.
Cleveland needs some help at the line backer position and they need some help in their defensive secondary. If Haslam is committed to build through the draft, he is going to have to be sure his new G.M. Michael Lombardi does his homework before he takes a player in the draft. It is going to be an interesting preseason for the Cleveland Browns with their new ownership in place for their first NFL draft. Lets hope these guys get it right.
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