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By being patient the Browns could be the biggest winners of all
This offseason has been and will continue to be dominated by the news around the quarterback position. With the enormous gamble Washington took yesterday by trading away most of their future to move up to the No. 2 position in this year's draft, the quarterback carousel has officially begun.
Before that trade happened, I had Washington as my favorite to land Peyton Manning. Now there is no way I see that happening. The remaining suitors that I still see having a chance to land Manning are Arizona, Miami and potentially Kansas City.
Rumors have been floating about Denver, but if Peyton's smart he will avoid getting himself entangled in the Tebow madness.
Out of those teams, I see Arizona as the place where Manning finds himself. If he signs with the Cardinals, he will team up with Larry Fitzgerald—and potentially bring fellow free agent Reggie Wayne along for the ride. That could lead to a pretty lethal offense for Arizona.
This leaves Matt Flynn as the other big-name free agent left on the market. I know lots of hype has surrounded this guy and some want him to come to Cleveland. In my opinion, this guy is Colt McCoy 2.0 who just had the benefit of one good game in an amazing system with great receivers.
Since in this situation Miami cannot get Robert Griffin III or Manning, I see them drastically overpaying for Flynn.
So this leaves the Browns on the outside looking in yet again. However, if Peyton goes to Arizona, they will have three quarterbacks on their roster: Manning, Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.
Kolb will be the odd man out being the higher-paid veteran. This is where patience will pay off for the Browns. At this point, Arizona will be forced to trade Kolb and Cleveland will be potentially the only suitors left, leaving the Browns in a powerful position of leverage.
Kolb's most successful season came in Philly under the West Coast offense, where he looked promising before sustaining injuries and being overshadowed by Mike Vick.
By being patient and not overpaying, the Browns could up getting a bargain on a veteran QB who fits well into the system and still has plenty of years left on his playing career.
Other possibilities: Stay with Colt McCoy, draft Brandon Weeden or hope for Matt Barkley in 2013.