Daily Dawg Tags: Who is the perfect No. 2 QB for Cleveland Browns?
By Dan Justik
The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including who would be the perfect backup quarterback for the Browns.
The Cleveland Browns have several starting roles that need to be filled this offseason, but one job that hasn’t seen much attention that will need filled is backup quarterback job. With Drew Stanton set to be a free agent, the Browns only have two quarterbacks under contract for 2020.
There is no question that Baker Mayfield is the team’s starting quarterback. However, Garrett Gilbert appears to be more of a developmental quarterback at this juncture, so Cleveland needs to find a reliable quarterback who can be a game manager when tasked with coming into the game. The backup also will likely need to be a good leader and someone who can mentor Mayfield.
The quarterback free agent market will be one of the biggest storylines once the free agent market opens because of the status of Tom Brady. However, there are several other significant quarterbacks who will be free agents, including some who could be options for the Browns.
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Today’s featured article who they believe is the perfect quarterback to be Mayfield’s backup and why that move would make sense for the Browns.
Cleveland Browns News
Case Keenum as the ideal backup to Baker Mayfield, letting Joe Schobert walk, and other Browns takes from NFL combine week – Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com
"The Browns want a new vibe in the quarterback room, and they’ll likely try to acquire a veteran backup who can help make Mayfield better and step in and win games if necessary. The player I think fits the description more than anyone is former journeyman and soon-to-be free agent Case Keenum, who enjoyed tremendous success — and a 11-3 record — with Stefanski as his QB coach with the Vikings in 2017."
Case Keenum would make plenty of sense to be Cleveland’s No. 1 target as the backup quarterback. Having a history with Kevin Stefanski already could be a big factor for Keenum, because Stefanski knows the type of player he is and Stefanski could trust Keenum in the meeting rooms. Keenum is by no means a star quarterback, but he provides solid performance on the field and is someone who has a great attitude who could pair well with Mayfield.
The forgotten name in Cleveland’s offensive linemen room
The Cleveland Browns seemingly have holes at both starting tackle spots and potentially at right guard. Although the Browns have been connected to big-name offensive linemen in free agency and the draft, Greg Newland believes one linemen on the Browns roster is not getting talked about enough.
Browns running back Kareem Hunt won’t be charged with marijuana possession from January incident, police say – Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal
"With Lichman definitively stating drug charges aren’t coming, there is no reason to believe the Browns would be dissuaded from their plan to tender Hunt as a restricted free agent, barring more trouble arising before the start of free agency March 18."
There was a lot of concern about Kareem Hunt‘s traffic stop January, which included the police officer finding marijuana in his car. The Browns want Hunt in their future, but incidents like this are not going to help Hunt’s case. He may not be getting charged, but this should be a final wake-up call for Hunt.
Could the Browns take a quarterback in the draft?
The Browns may be in the market for a veteran backup quarterback, but they could also look towards the draft to find a quarterback they can groom. Frank Teriaca looks at some quarterbacks in the draft who may interest the Browns.