Browns Still Exploring Options At Quarterback

gary wertmanCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 29:  Brady Quinn #10 of  the Cleveland Browns signals during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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There are many rumors and opinions about who will be the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns in 2010, but so far nothings changed. Brady Quinn, Derek Anderson and Brett Ratliff are still on the Browns roster as day two of the trading period and free agency winds down.

So far Mike Holmgren has remained tight lipped about who he’s interested in. Names thrown around by the media the last two days include Seneca Wallace, Matt Flynn, Kevin Kolb, Donavon McNabb, and David Carr.

Getting Kolb or McNabb from the Eagles would come at a steep price.  If Holmgren is convinced either QB would greatly improve the Browns offense, then he would be wise to make the deal. Cleveland has spent its share of millions over the last decade looking for a franchise QB. Putting that search to bed would be worth a first round pick.

Seattle would probably let Wallace go for a 5th round pick, but he would be coming to Cleveland as a backup. I can’t see Wallace as a viable starting candidate. Matt Flynn is well thought of in Green Bay but has no chance of beating out Aaron Rogers. Is he even starting material?

David Carr is an unrestricted free agent(UFA), and wouldn’t cost the Browns any draft picks. If Holmgren thinks Carr could become a winner behind Cleveland’s offensive line, which is way better than he had while playing for the Texans, then maybe he will become a Brown.

Don’t rule out the Browns deciding to stay with Quinn and while drafting a QB this April. Of all the choices and rumors I’ve heard so far, this might be the way Holmgren chooses to go. Anderson is due a 2 million dollar roster bonus in about ten days and will probably be released.

The rumors and speculations are sure to  continue until Cleveland decides what to do about their quarterback dilemma. Until then, have fun trying to sort things out.

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