The Cleveland Browns are looking to bring in another quarterback this season, but it likely won’t be Jimmy Garoppolo. according to Mary Kay Capote at Cleveland.comafter the San Francisco 49ers reportedly allowed Garoppolo to seek a trade.
But with Deshaun Watson likely to be suspended for at least part of the 2022 season, the Browns want to sign another midfielder to support Jacoby Brissett when he inevitably starts week one. Two of those options are AJ McCarron and former 2018 Top 10 pick Josh Rosen, according to whom Cleveland reportedly worked. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Then Joshua Dobbs would be the team’s No. 3 quarterback until Watson returned.
Neither Macaron nor Rosen were flashy names and both were mostly reserve players in the NFL.
McCarron signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2021 but tore up the AFC Champions League in the team’s second game before the start of the season and missed the whole year. His last pass attempt came in 2019 when he was Watson’s backup with the Houston Texans. McCarron has attempted only 174 passes in 17 games since the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him in the fifth round in 2014.
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Rosen was the fourth quarterback and tenth overall pick in the 2018 draft after Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen, but he only lasted one season with the Arizona Cardinals before being traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2020. He faltered in Miami as well and found himself on a coaching staff. Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 before signing with the 49ers at the end of the season. Coincidentally, the Falcons signed Rosen in 2021 after McCarron suffered an ACL injury, completing two passes from 11 over two games to rest Matt Ryan at the end of the year.
Another name that has been floated as a possible option for Cleveland is Cam Newton. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio stated, “There appears to be some talk about the possibility of adding Brown to Cam Newton.” It remains to be seen if this is a legitimate option.
There’s at least enough smoke around this idea to suggest two things about Brown: They expect Watson to be suspended sooner rather than later and want to support the quarterback room in case he loses significant time without sacrificing a lot of money or assets.
Given how little the quarterback reserve market is at the moment (Mike Glennon or Garrett Gilbert are also available), Rosen or McCarron seem the best options for the Browns if they don’t want to trade for someone.