Cleveland Browns cut Brock Osweiler but still add a fourth quarterback

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The Cleveland Browns decided to cut Brock Osweiler even though the team must pay his salary, yet still went out and added another quarterback to the roster.

Cleveland Browns fans never expected much out of Brock Osweiler, but there was the fair view that he should have been kept around considering the team has to pay his 2017 salary.

The decision to cut him made sense if the front office deemed Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan to be better options than Osweiler, which is entirely possible, but the decision to sign a fourth quarterback after Osweiler left is a bit puzzling.

The Browns added Josh Woodrum over the weekend. He is in his second year in the NFL and spent his preseason with the Baltimore Ravens.

The 6-foot-3 quarterback could have the potential to be great, but this move seems to signal that either Kessler or Hogan could be on their way out.

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Once again, if the front office deems Woodrum to be better than either of the two former Pac-12 quarterbacks, talent is what this team needs. But all these changes to the quarterback room so close to the start of the season is a bit odd.

Hue Jackson must have really seen Osweiler as a bad fit among this group, because he could have at least held this fourth quarterback spot for a few weeks, if the team ultimately keeps four heading into the season.

And if not, he could have been held onto to dangle in trades in case a team finally got desperate enough to ask for him.

But the likely course of action will be heading into Week 1 with just three quarterbacks, so perhaps Woodrum is just here to challenge Kessler and Hogan a bit. Seems like a tall task for a young player to do when just arriving in a new town, but he could also land on the practice squad.

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Regardless of any moves made, this is an extremely young quarterback group that could benefit from a veteran voice. It is clear the coaching staff didn’t see Osweiler as that voice, so it is up to Hue Jackson to have that hands on role with the young guys, especially Kizer, to fill the void that someone like Josh McCown provided a year ago.