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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Video: Schefter on Browns' QB situation

By Jamison Hensley


ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter believes Brandon Weeden still has the inside track to begin the season as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback, and Weeden should be considered the favorite. But, as I wrote last night, the signing of Jason Campbell makes this a legitimate quarterback competition.

In the big picture, Weeden needs to show he is the quarterback of the future this season. If Campbell beats him out, it likely means the end of Weeden and will force the Browns to look for another franchise quarterback early in the 2014 draft. Campbell isn't a long-term answer at quarterback, but he can be that stop-gap option for the next two years as the Browns sort out the position.

Schefter also brings up the point that Colt McCoy is the odd man out in Cleveland. McCoy's $2.3 million salary in 2013 makes it an easy decision for the Browns to part ways with him.

The Plain Dealer initially reported that McCoy would be released or traded soon. But the paper is now reporting the Browns have no immediate plans to trade him but would listen to offers. Either way, it's highly unlikely that McCoy will be on the Browns' roster when the season begins.