Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who is in New Orleans to attend Super Bowl festivities, indicated today that the Browns will likely bring in a quarterback to compete with Brandon Weeden for the starting job.
"I think Norv and Chud have been very open that they like a lot of what Brandon (Weeden) does, but we're going to have competition at that position, and I think competition makes us all better and we'll see where that competition comes from,'' Haslam said after the Walter Payton Man of Year Finalist press conference, where Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is a finalist along with Dallas' Jason Witten and Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald.
Two high-profile veteran quarterbacks expected to become available are the 49ers' quarterback Alex Smith, who said he loved playing for Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner; and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who was with Browns CEO Joe Banner in Philadelphia. Banner likes Vick, according to sources, but he'll be 33 in June and is coming off a poor season. The Boston Globe has speculated that Browns Vice President of Player Personnel Mike Lombardi might try to trade for New England backup Ryan Mallett, the Patriots' third-round pick in 2011.
The Browns might also try to trade for a quarterback or look for one in the draft, where they have the No. 6 overall pick. Top prospects include West Virginia's Geno Smith, Southern Cal's Matt Barkley and North Carolina State's Mike Glennon.
Thomas and Browns tight end Ben Watson, who is also in New Orleans participating in Super Bowl events, are all for competition at the quarterback spot.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says QB Brandon Weeden will have competition for starting job
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Feb 2