Despite throwing for 3,385 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2012, Weeden also threw 17 interceptions in 15 games and appeared to regress throughout the season.
However, there were a lot of good signs in Weeden’s first season, and he does fit into new head coach Rob Chudzinski’s offense well. But Chudzinski has called it “premature” to name Weeden the starter already, which makes sense. And it makes just as much sense for the Browns to bring in some competition to help elevate Weeden’s game.
Apparently, Weeden agrees.
“I expect competition. That’s the way professional sports are. Unless you’re Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or these guys, you might as well expect for somebody to try to come take your job,” Weeden said Friday during an appearance at Oklahoma Christian University. “That’s part of the business. But it’s also the fun part. You get to compete and try to be a winner.”
If one were to put money on this latest quarterback competition in Cleveland, one would be smart to bet on Weeden. His biggest challenge would likely come from a quarterback the Browns draft, because it’s doubtful a big-name free agent is willing to come here to “compete” (i.e. Alex Smith).