The Cleveland Browns Another quarterback is being brought in this off season.
The Browns reached a one-year agreement with former 2018 Top 10 player Josh Rosen Thursday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Shifter.
The move comes after Rosen and AJ McCarron worked on the franchise earlier on Thursday. The team is still unlikely to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo, according to Mary Kay Capote at Cleveland.comafter the San Francisco 49ers It is said that he allowed Garoppolo to search for a trade.
But with Deshaun Watson likely to be suspended for at least part of the 2022 season, the Browns wanted to sign another midfielder to back Jacoby Brissett when he inevitably starts week one. Joshua Dobbs would then be the team’s No. 3 quarterback until Watson’s return. .
Neither Macaron nor Rosen were flashy names, and both were mostly professional NFL backups.
Rosen was the fourth quarterback and tenth overall pick in the 2018 draft after Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, but he only lasted for one season with the Arizona Cardinals before being traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2020. He faltered in Miami too and found himself on a coaching staff. Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 before signing with the 49ers at the end of the season. Coincidentally, the Falcons signed Rosen in 2021 after McCarron suffered an ACL injury, completing two passes from 11 over two games to rest Matt Ryan at the end of the year.
McCarron signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021 but tore up the AFC Champions League in the team’s second game before the start of the season and missed the whole year. His last pass attempt came in 2019 when he was Watson’s backup with the Houston Texans. McCarron has attempted only 174 passes in 17 games since the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him in the fifth round in 2014.
Another name that has been floated as a possible option for Cleveland is Cam Newton. Male Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk “There seems to be some chatter about the possibility that Brown might add Cam Newton.” It remains to be seen if this is a legitimate option.
There’s at least enough smoke around this idea to suggest two things about Brown: They expect Watson to be suspended sooner rather than later and want to support the quarterback room in case he loses significant time without sacrificing a lot of money or assets.
Given how little the reserve quarterback market is at the moment (Mike Glennon or Garrett Gilbert are also available), Rosen seems like the best options for the Browns if they don’t want to trade for someone.