Sashi Brown on Browns adding a veteran QB: ‘That would surprise me’
Cleveland Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown has had something of an about-face when it comes to his philosophy concerning the quarterback position. At least as it pertains to the upcoming NFL season.
Brown on the first night of the 2017 NFL indicated the Browns “won’t rest until we solidify that position.” The team of course then drafted DeShone Kizer out of Notre Dame with the 52nd pick in the second round.
And then in an interview Friday, Brown hinted that it’s unlikely the Browns will add a veteran signal-caller to the team’s current crop of quarterbacks consisting of Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and the rookie Kizer.
“That would surprise me,” Brown said on WKNR 850 AM of the likelihood of adding another quarterback, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “I’ll never say never, and we’re always out there looking for what’s available to us. But very few transactions happen around the league, maybe one or two a year that would affect the quarterback position, particularly a starting-caliber quarterback. So I would anticipate and feel really comfortable about the four guys we have going into the season.”
Brown also said on Thursday’s “Mike & Mike” show that the starting job will be “an open competition.”
Brown has taken time to praise Osweiler, Kessler and Hogan but stressed Friday the Browns are far from done shoring up the quarterback position, even with the addition of Kizer to the mix, which appears to have settled things.
“We haven’t settled the quarterback position here, and we hope that we develop the guys here and give them every shot to do that,” Brown said. “And if we don’t, we’re going to stay aggressive and hungry on it.”
The Browns are nowhere close to fielding a competitive team. Coming off a one-win season, the best hope is Hue Jackson’s staff develops the players they have on the roster and look to the future, regardless of the quarterbacks currently on the depth chart.