Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote a week ago that Cleveland Browns would most likely not go after New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, and she wrote in a mailbag yesterday, “I still hear that Patriots backup Ryan Mallett won’t be an option.”
She also added that the Browns are actively scouting the quarterbacks in this draft and could potentially go after Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles, who isn’t currently open for a trade. Hoewver, Cabot added that the Eagles could be swayed into trading Foles if they get a first or second round choice, but that doesn’t seem likely in my opinion.
In her piece last week, Cabot named some other potential Browns targets at quarterback in Matt Flynn, Brian Hoyer, and unproven backup Chase Daniel. The only one of those three QBs that the Browns have a decent chance at acquiring worth starting is Flynn, while Hoyer and Daniel would just be backups to Brandon Weeden. The Browns aren’t ready to give up on Weeden just yet, but they are willing to push him in training camp and bring someone else in to compete.
Ryan Mallett to the Cleveland Browns was a trade possibility that was blowing up due to all the speculation, but these recent pieces and reports from the Cleveland Plain Dealer have squashed the rumors of Michael Lombardi adding one of his favorite quarterbacks. A new joke surrounding Mallett, by the way, is that he is the third-best quarterback in the division (behind Tom Brady and Ryan Tannehill). Wait, is that joke or fact?
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