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Browns likely not done in quarterback search

3/2/2015

Don't expect the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback plans to stop with Josh McCown's signing last week.

After asking around, I’m hearing Cleveland plans to add at least one more quarterback to the 2015 meetings rooms, a role filled through the draft or free agency.

Trading up for Marcus Mariota would likely require a hefty load of draft picks, leaving the team’s best option as drafting a quarterback in the second round or somewhere in the middle rounds.

The Browns are intrigued by Sam Bradford, but many believe he won’t be attainable without -- once again -- valuable draft picks. Giving up first- or second-rounders is difficult for a build-through-the-draft team such as Cleveland.

Free agency plays for Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker seem unlikely at this point.

Save Bradford, a home-run quarterback signing doesn’t really exist for Cleveland. But they can dig through the bargain bins and hope for the best.

A plausible rotation for Cleveland’s quarterback room is Josh McCown, Johnny Manziel, Connor Shaw and a rookie quarterback such as Colorado State's Garrett Grayson or Baylor's Bryce Petty.

The Browns have been burned by spread quarterbacks before, but I’m told they had productive meetings with the former Baylor star at the Senior Bowl.

McCown, who last week signed a three-year deal worth $14 million, seems ready to support any quarterback in the Browns' facility.

"Whatever I can do to help somebody, I can do that," McCown said.