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The Browns will be looking for answers at the quarterback position like they do just about every year. It seemed as though the Browns were destined to select a passer with the fourth pick in the draft, but those thoughts are changing.
They may end up looking to free agency instead of the draft for their starting quarterback next season. While the Browns have explored this option multiple times in the last few years by signing Jake Delhomme and Jason Campbell, there seems to be a better option available this time around.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that if the Houston Texans release veteran Matt Schaub then the Browns will be in hot pursuit.
In Cleveland, adding Schaub would reunite him with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the former Texans play-caller who squeezed the most out of the quarterback during their time together.
If cut, Schaub will have a say in where he goes next, which adds complexity to the process. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported last month that the quarterback has no interest in backing up the Jets' Geno Smith, which would suggest that Schaub has no interest in backing up potential young passers in Oakland or Cleveland, either.
I am not selling this rumor because it is false, the Browns may be interested in Schaub. I am selling because it is the wrong move to make. He is 32-years-old, coming off his worst season as a professional and the Browns will have to get into a bidding war to sign him.
Schaub looked mentally broken last season in Houston, and it is a strangely similar situation to the Delhomme signing in 2010. That was a complete disaster.