On Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns got some terrible news. $230 million quarterback Deshaun Watson, who already missed several games this season, is going to be out until 2024. Watson, who suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3, had an MRI after discomfort returned to that shoulder and will need surgery to repair a broken bone.
Already without Nick Chubb for the year, Cleveland is down their top two players on offense. That's a frustrating blow for a franchise that was starting to build a lot of confidence thanks in large part to their incredible defense. That defense should be able to keep them in games but if they want to make a run in the postseason, they'll need an upgrade over P.J. Walker.
We've already seen three quarterbacks Cleveland needs to avoid should they want to bring in a free agent. Now, let's check out three free agents they should consider. Some might be slight upgrades over Walker but there's also a home run signing they can look to.
3. Colt McCoy
One name being thrown around by the fanbase is former Texas Longhorn Colt McCoy. A third-round pick for Cleveland back in 2010, McCoy spent three seasons with the Browns to start his career. He was never able to maintain a starting job but he was never terrible.
He's since gone on to play for several franchises over the past 12 years and has 36 career starts. McCoy isn't known for a strong arm but he's completed 62.6 percent of his career attempts with 34 touchdowns and 32 picks. He's clearly a game-manager but this defense is built to win with such a player.
The concern, however, is how he would look if he were brought in. McCoy was supposed to start in place of Kyler Murray until he could return from a torn ACL but the Arizona Cardinals released him and went with Josh Dobbs. Perhaps McCoy's best days are behind him but it would be worth a call at the very least.