Time to Move on
The Cleveland Browns need a franchise quarterback on their roster (I understand that this is a grossly obvious statement). Having said that, there is no inconceivable reason as to why they should pick up an underachieving free agent signal caller. Sashi Brown and company must focus on the draft instead of finding a guy who will not do anything of substance on the field. Let’s review what I’m referring to.
Jimmy Garrappolo Situation
It appears that a trade scenario is dead – rumors of the Browns offering a reasonable pair of second round draft picks and being
turned away was all I needed to hear. Giving up any more than that is insane and an awful decision for the Browns to surrender top choices for such a big question mark. For that reason, the Browns (and more importantly the media) should look for answers in other directions.
Colin Kaepernick and Baggage
First, there is the kneeling during the national anthem last season – and the response that many NFL fans have given the quarterback. However, the reason why I do not want Colin on this team is that he is not a viable professional quarterback. Colin’s better days are behind him, and he appeared to be a quarterback on a team that caught lightning in a bottle. The 49ers ran a zone read offense and were the benefactors of others not having a tremendous amount of film on the quarterback. The same cannot be said in 2017 – thus the Browns must stay away.
Noise about Geno
Fortunately, Geno Smith is not signing a contact to come here and play football. Like Kaepernick, Smith cannot play the position in the NFL and therefore will not be needed in Berea, Ohio. I understand reporters want to write stories about what they are hearing – but picking up a known failure in the league is just a silly decision.
Draft and Two Routes
That leaves us with the 2017 NFL Draft – the Browns can go one of two ways. The first is to secure a quarterback in the first or second round (and tab them as their franchise quarterback), or they could choose a guy in the middle rounds to develop into a viable option down the road. For the first option, I am going back and forth between Mitchell Trubisky and Deshaun Watson. Via the developmental route – Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes are two athletes who I would feel comfortable with. I hope Sashi and company know the correct path and select the right guy.
Conclusion: I am done hearing about the Cleveland Browns scouring the free agency market for guys to come in and be members of this team. Frankly, that market has dried up and the backup in New England is not
The franchise’s fortunes should be clearer the weekend of April 27th through the 29th. I cannot tell you who the front office will choose – but the best signal caller would be ideal.