Charlie Whitehurst to Browns: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 27: Charlie Whitehurst #6 of the Indianapolis Colts is pressured by Ndamukong Suh #93 of the Miami Dolphins during the game at Sun Life Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns added some much-needed quarterback depth Monday when they signed Charlie Whitehurst to a deal, per SportsTrust Advisors.

The team officially announced the signing Tuesday.

Week 1 starter Robert Griffin III could miss the rest of the season after suffering a shoulder injury, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, and head coach Hue Jackson announced Week 2 starter Josh McCown, who also suffered a shoulder injury, will miss Cleveland's game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, per Tony Grossi of ESPN.com.

This comes after Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported the Browns were eyeing a veteran quarterback.

“There’s a good chance Cody Kessler will start this week,” Jackson said earlier Monday, per the team’s official Twitter account, so the signing is likely more for depth purposes than anything else.

Whitehurst, who entered the league in 2006, has appeared in games for the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts throughout his career. He last played for Indianapolis and Tennessee in 2015, when he saw the field in five contests and finished with 150 passing yards, zero touchdown throws and an interception.

In all, he has 10 touchdown passes and seven picks in his 25 games and has never played in more than seven in an individual season.

He at least gives Cleveland some experience on the depth chart before it plays four of its next five contests on the road, starting with Sunday’s game against Miami. It will also play road games against Washington and the Cincinnati Bengals and a home contest against the New England Patriots during that stretch, and all three of those teams were in the playoffs last season.

Kessler, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft, is set to become the 26th quarterback to start for Cleveland since the 1999 campaign, per Cabot. The former Southern California Trojans star threw for 3,536 yards, 29 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in his final season in college, which indicates the rookie has plenty of talent.

If he struggles or suffers an injury, Cleveland will likely turn to the 34-year-old Whitehurst until McCown is ready to return.


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