Cleveland Browns: Examining all their quarterback options

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ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 30: Kirk Cousins (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 30: Kirk Cousins (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

What is the best option?

Plain and simple, the answer to the question of what option is best is this — no one knows. There’s no sure thing in the draft, and the Browns have been burnt in that department more than any team in recent memory.

Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel were all busts for them as first-round picks and that could make them gun shy about picking a player despite having the No. 1 choice.

So, for the sake of argument, let’s say that acquiring a veteran is the best route. Now it’s which avenue do they use? Someone like McCarron who knows the system thanks to his time with Jackson in Cincinnati? Makes sense, but his sample size is so small that it makes it hard to buy in.

Then there’s Kirk Cousins, coming off his third-straight huge statistical season. He could be a viable starter, has several years left and reports are he would consider the Browns as a destination, which is always nice to hear.

Putting on the GM hat leads us to the conclusion that Cleveland should put all their chips on the table in an effort to convince Cousins to come to town. He’s the best option of all the players currently in the NFL that could be had, and still has enough gas in the tank to be worthy of pursuit.

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If they fail to land him, then option No. 2 has to be drafting the best quarterback with their first pick — but it would be much better to use those premium picks on special players to help their new franchise signal caller turn this team around. This season they have to get it right, and Cousins would be right.