Wake-up: Browns' Weeden must win job?

May, 9, 2012
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Browns president Mike Holmgren insisted first-round quarterback Brandon Weeden has to beat out Colt McCoy to be Cleveland's starting quarterback.

"We drafted a young quarterback that we think can come in and play right away, but we're not just going to hand him the football," Holmgren told 92.3 The Fan on Tuesday, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I still love Colt McCoy [but] we had a chance to get a mature quarterback who has a chance to come in and contribute right away. Whether that happens or not we have to let it play out."

Holmgren added, "We have to let them compete. We have to let them play and see what happens. The fact that we drafted him so high means that we like him, but we also like Colt McCoy and we like Seneca [Wallace] as well."

Hensley's slant: Not buying this at all. When you draft a 28-year-old quarterback with the 22nd overall pick, the expectation is that he will be the starting quarterback. It's not his job to win. It's his job to lose.

BENGALS: Guard Jacob Bell explained why he chose to retire only 32 days after signing with the Bengals. “In the NFL we’re modern-day gladiators and we sell our soul to the game of football for a price, but what is that price?" Bell told the Cincinnati Enquirer in phone interview. "Everyone has a price and for me I wanted to make sure that I don’t have any regrets about my future in regards to what I’ve done in the NFL. At this point I can walk away with no regrets and left on my own terms where the NFL didn’t force me out and I made that decision on my own. There were a lot of factors and discussions with my family and myself and I think it was the right decision to be made.” Hensley's slant: There was a chance that Bell would have been forced out by the end of the preseason. Bell's play declined last season and he wasn't a lock to make the roster. The Bengals are going to start Travelle Wharton and Kevin Zeitler at guard, which meant Bell would have to compete against Otis Hudson and Clint Boling for the final two spots.

RAVENS: It was a busy night for the Ravens on Tuesday. Check out the blogs on the successful surgery for Terrell Suggs, the three-year extension for safety Bernard Pollard and the free-agent signing of wide receiver-returner Jacoby Jones.

STEELERS: There could be another starting job that's up in the air for the Steelers. In an online chat, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette said left defensive end is not settled at this point. " I believe [Cameron Heyward] will give Ziggy Hood a run for his money," Bouchette wrote. Hensley's slant: I still think Hood has the edge because of his experience. He's started 23 games the past two seasons. But Heyward showed he deserved more playing time in his dozen or so snaps per game last season. Either way, it's a luxury to have two first-round picks fighting for a spot.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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