By Eric Schmidt

The Cleveland Browns unexpectedly fired first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season on Sunday creating a coaching vacancy. Reports suggest that the Browns are interested in several prospects but the first name to surface was that of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. It is no secret that the Browns general manager Michael Lombardi has an affinity for all things New England after working under head coach Bill Belichick.

That’s not a bad thing. The NFL is a copycat league and if you want to try to copy something, why not take things from the playbook of arguably the most consistently successful franchise in the league over the last decade. However, I don’t think McDaniels is the right hire for the Browns. There is a piece of the Patriots the Browns should try to acquire, QB Ryan Mallett.

The Browns need a quarterback and the Patriots have a young one on the roster that shows promise. Cleveland has firepower in this year’s draft, after acquiring multiple picks. The Patriots could use some additional picks.

Mallett, 6-foot-6-inches, 240 pounds has been coveted by Lombardi in the past. It was widely speculated this past offseason that the Browns might make a move to acquire him then. Mallett will become a free agent after this season and he’ll likely move on, leaving the Patriots nothing in return, so a trade might not be a bad thing for New England.

Cleveland needs a quarterback, plain and simple. Brandon Weeden is a failure and while¬† Jason Campbell had a few solid games, he’s not the answer. Brian Hoyer showed some promise before going down with an injury, so there is only a limited amount of playing time to judge from. He’d be a solid backup for the Browns. Trick-shot artist Alex Tanney might make some incredible throws with a football into the back of a moving truck, but couldn’t make it on to the field with this rag tag bunch, so he’s not the answer either.

The problem facing the Browns is this- they need a quarterback and they have the juice to move up from the fourth pick, but all three of teams drafting ahead of Cleveland will likely be drafting a quarterback as well. Unless Sam Bradford re-structures his contract this offseason, I expect the St. Louis Rams to move in another direction. Bradford, coming off ACL surgery, is slated to earn $14 million in 2014.

Why wouldn’t the Browns offer up their number four pick in the first-round and perhaps a later-round pick to the Patriots in exchange for Mallett? He’s got three years in the league playing under one of the best head coaches and one of the best quarterbacks to play the game.

The Patriots could then shop that fourth overall pick in order to move back deeper into the top-10, accumulating another draft choice and then possibly have a shot at drafting WR Sammy Watkins.

If I were the Browns, I would rather have a quarterback that has been in the NFL, on a premiere franchise, than take a roll of the dice with an unproven college quarterback that might not pan out. If Mallett had not shown promise, or if the Patriots believed he couldn’t step in for Tom Brady, I doubt he would have remained on the roster for all these seasons.




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Readers Comments (7)

  1. avatar Rayshon

    Hmmm, let me see if I understand you correctly. Trade the 4th pick in the draft for a guy who has been holding a clipboard for the last 3yrs?! What has Mallet done, to make you believe his on-field value is higher then Favre who was traded to the Jets for a 3rd round pick or even Carson Palmer who the Raiders were willing to give up the 17th pick in the 1st round? Granted Farve was at the end of his career, but at least his ability was not in question. I wouldn’t even consider more than a 3rd rounder at best. Not to mention you may be able to wait and pick him up as a FA and save yourself the draft pick.

  2. avatar What?

    Fucking idiot.

  3. avatar Alvin Patterson

    I’ve sat here and read all of these comments and none make any sense. Johnny Manzel is going to be another Tim Tebow. What the Browns should do is simply take that second first round pick and trade that pick to Houston for Teddy Bridgewater and pick up Ben Tate in free agency and pick up another receiver in the later rounds that can catch and also address the offensive line issues as well. We also need another cornerback as well.

    • avatar No Way

      That makes no sense on Bridgewater trade. unless that guy gains some pounds he has a future like RG III. Those small guys have no future in a the NFL they will remain hurt thinking they have to outsmart the defense by running and scrambling for their lives. (fresh fish in a shark tank! Best case is that hopefully Blake Bortles comes out this year, and that someone higher in the draft is sold on Bridgewater as the next big thing.

  4. avatar jeff starkie

    The number 4 pic for Mallet? I think someone hit this guy in the head with a mallet. I’d rather have Cousins. We’re just gonna have to wait and see what the stooges do. Last years draft was a complete bust. They should of taken Chance Warmack or Tavon Austin instead of mingo.Can’t evan remember the other pics they made. Lombardi sucks

  5. avatar Blake Codora

    Dumbest thing I have read yet! 2 first round picks for a guy who hasn’t started a regular season game, and was a 4th round pick? Who is also a FA next season? Maybe a 2nd rounder thinking more like a 4th. I would rather grab a McCown for Chicago! I prefer rolling with Hoyer, trying for a free agent, and using all these pics to adress te offensive line, the secondary, and a pass rusher!! At 4 if Clowney is there we have to take him!! No QB in this draft is worth a top 10 pick!! Dion Lewis and Baker can do enough it would be nice to find a back via FA or 2nd round or Later!! At 4 we need Clowney of there and if not grab one of the Gaurds, our pick for Richardson should be a reciever or secondary, either DB of if Ward leaves (which we should franchise him!) then draft a safety. If we want a QB move 3-4 of our picks to next year and then move up for Winston

  6. avatar Bobby

    Not only the 4th overall pick but a late round pick too! You’re higher than gas prices!


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