The Cleveland Browns have made the quarterback controversy legitimate with the signing of first-round pick Brandon Weeden. Earlier today, the No. 22 overall selection from the 2012 NFL Draft penned a 4-year deal worth roughly $8.1 million.
Weeden will take his place on the Browns' carousel of quarterbacks of recent years. Since 2004, the Browns have selected five quarterbacks in search of their franchise player. The list is not impressive: Luke McCown (2004), Charlie Frye (2005), Brady Quinn (2007), Colt McCoy (2010) and Weeden (2012).
Perhaps Weeden will be able to put an end to the quarterback turnstile Cleveland has in its locker room and establish himself as a franchise quarterback for the Browns. Head coach Pat Shurmur appears will be quick to pull the trigger in announcing his starting quarterback for the 2012-13 season.
"Sooner than later, I think once we've made the decision, that's the deal," said Shurmur. "If you know that he's going to be your guy, then make it happen so everybody gets comfortable working with that guy all the time."
The Browns didn't draft Weeden in the first-round to have him sit behind fellow quarterback Colt McCoy. McCoy showed a ton of promise in college. But that hasn't translated to success in the NFL. McCoy does have talent and the ability to play in the NFL, he just need to find a team that can develop him behind a well-establish quarterback.
With Weeden's signing, all signs are continuing to point to him being the starter for Week 1. Once Shurmur names Weeden the starter—which should come early in training camp—the 28-year-old quarterback can settle down and get comfortable with his new offense.
"I'm still working my tail off just to get better and keep learning," Weeden said. "Yeah, I'm getting more comfortable with what we are doing, but I still have a long ways to go. The other guys have a lot more experience under their belts as far as game reps and practice reps, whatever it may be. I've got some catching up to do, so I think that's just my main focus right now. I'm not worried about it."