In a move which was not unexpected, the Cleveland Browns announced on Monday that rookie QB Brandon Weedon will be the team’s starting quarterback for the 2012 regular season. From the moment that the Browns drafted Weeden, it was expected that Cleveland would name Weeden as the starting quarterback after drafting him with the overall 22nd selection in the first-round of the 2012 Draft.
The announcement makes it official now and continues to fuel speculation regarding the future of QB Colt McCoy. Shortly after drafting Weeden, rumors surfaced that the Browns were in talks with the Houston Texans for a player trade involving McCoy, but nothing materialized.
McCoy told reporters that he felt that he competed well in training camp and feels as if his skills have improved. The Texas product added that he has not taken any reps in practice with the Browns first-team offense in practice this summer. When asked if he thought he received a fair shot of winning the starting job, McCoy responded, “I did?”
The Browns will likely continue to pursue trade possibilities for McCoy as the pre-season moves along. If the team cannot move McCoy, he could be simply released by the Browns prior to the start of the regular season.