Signs point to Browns sticking with Weeden

February, 25, 2013
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The NFL combine is usually the time when you try to figure out what players a team will add. In the Browns' instance, it looks like Brandon Weeden is more likely to stay the team's starting quarterback since the Browns staff arrived at Indianapolis.

Here is what we know (or at least have been told):
  • Chief executive officer Joe Banner said he doesn't expect the Browns to use the No. 6 overall pick on a quarterback. "It's not the focus of our thinking," Banner said. West Virginia's Geno Smith and USC's Matt Barkley are considered the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft.
  • The Browns also aren't in the running to acquire 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, if reports are correct. San Francisco has a deal in place to trade Smith, according to CBS Sports, and a source told the Plain Dealer that the Browns are not the team. (update: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting this morning that a deal isn’t yet in place, but the 49ers are confident they’ll be able to trade him). A trade can't become official until March 12, the start of the new league year.
  • There have been no more rumblings about a trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. The Browns were linked to him by the Boston Globe because new vice president of player personnel Mike Lombardi was impressed with Mallett when he was an analyst with the NFL Network. Cleveland might be hesitant about giving up a third- or fourth-round pick for Mallett since it doesn't have a second-round selection this year (the result of taking wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft).

Where does this leave Weeden? In a pretty good spot. The Browns won't officially name Weeden the starter for 2013 anytime soon, but it's a good sign for him that they aren't close to bringing in someone to replace him.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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