NFL News: Cleveland Browns to work out Caleb Hanie

The 21st quarterback of your Cleveland Browns since 1999 might have finally revealed himself. According to Mary Kay Cabot, Caleb Hanie is likely headed to Cleveland for a workout and an interview.

Caleb Hanie is 28 years old and has spent time with the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and most recently the Baltimore Ravens, although he didn’t make it to September with the Ravens. He’s only thrown 116 career passes, and hasn’t played in a regular season NFL game since the 2011 season with Chicago. He has three career TDs and 10 career interceptions.

Hanie went undrafted in 2008 out of Colorado State.

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    If you somehow avoided Browns-related depression up to this point, then this should just about do it. Imagine your Cleveland Browns being led by one of either Brandon Weeden or Caleb Hanie, then let the hopelessness engulf you.

  • http://www.cinpleweb.com/ stin4u

    He should slide right in front of Brandon Weeden.

  • maxfnmloans

    Why was the QB issue not addressed 4 weeks ago? Not that I’m expecting miracles (or even mediocrity) from Caleb Hanie, but I’d rather have Caleb Hanie +4 weeks of practice and film study with the team than Caleb Hanie, fresh off his couch.

    And not for nothing, but can we at least work out someone who was even a small part of a training camp this summer? Even a CFL training camp? What about Norv? Can he spin it?

  • maxfnmloans

    It’s sad when “Metcalf up the middle” could really be considered “the good times”, comparatively speaking

  • nj0

    “Has been w/ Bears, Broncos, and most recently Ravens”

    Has been? More like “never was”.
    *rimshot*

  • maxfnmloans

    For those of you keeping score at home, Caleb Hanie was the guy who was cut by the bears when they signed Jason Campbell as a free agent

  • Vindictive_Pat

    It’s tough to find a player whose potential at QB is more maxed out than Caleb Hanie, and it’s tough to see that ceiling without feeling sick to your stomach. Not that it really matters that much anyway, mind you… we’re talking about a 4th string guy no matter who the Browns pick up, so the thought of being competitive with that player at QB should be laughable from the start.

  • Robbie S

    Tebow, Young, Leinart, Troy Smith, heck David freakin’ Gerard!

    Anybody but, Weeden.

  • CB Everett

    Caleb Hanie? I mean, do we really need to “add to the pile” of terrible spot starters on the ignominious QB starter list? Jesus, I don’t want that terrible name on our list. It’s like the FO found someone who would look perfect on a list of laughable QBs. God, I may get killed for this, but why not just start Weeden the rest of the way and drive this steaming mess off the cliff?

  • nj0

    We can’t keep a QB healthy for five games.

  • maxfnmloans

    Yeah, really it doesn’t matter who they sign, and yet I cant help myself from thinking it could’ve been handled better. I just need to accept it. They say acceptance is the final phase of dealing with grief

  • maxfnmloans

    Five games? Look at you, Mr. Optimist

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I can understand that. Unfortunately, I’m thinking this is exactly how the front office wanted things to go. I’ve been watching the Browns this season under the opinion that the front office isn’t terribly interested in helping Chud win games, but they still want him and the players to try. To ask otherwise would be to promote a losing atmosphere in the locker room (although it seems like the Browns’ history of losing has made this unavoidable at this point).

  • bossman09

    Who is available now that wasn’t available then, and what difference does it make? Pretty sure the game plan was “if we have to start weeden one more time, we are tanking the season so it’s better if they are unprepared”. I hate to say it, but you sound like a fan who actually believes that it possibly matters who we sign. Without Campbell (I can’t believe I’m typing this!) the only questions is if we finish 4-12 or 5-11 because of some fluke.
    you need to accept that the season is OVER!

  • bossman09

    We are honestly at the point were we would have to forfeit games because we can’t snap the ball to someone. Not that it’s a bad thing…

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Look on the bright side, at least the name MarQueis Gray hasn’t shown up on there yet…

  • Matt S

    No thanks on Tebow. He’s not an NFL style QB (even during his limited success, they had to design a college-style offense around him). I’d rather suck in quiet peace than attract that much media attention to our suckiness.

  • Jon Reka

    I told a friend of mine this who lives in Chicago and is a huge Bears
    fan that the Browns were looking at Hanie. After she stopped laughing she said “good luck with that”.

  • Rudy

    In terms of actually having the potential to score, Tebow would be the best quarterback in a Browns uniform since probably Jeff Garcia (Brian Hoyer’s shortened stint aside). He has the added value to a team lacking RB’s of being a quarterback who can run. I know the guy is not a legitimate starter, but he is probably a legitimate second stringer and would stand out among our third to fourth string caliber staff. I don’t understand not even considering him.

  • M. Bison

    Because when Weeden gets a concussion who’s going to be our quaterback? Spencer Lanning?

  • nj0

    The entire NFL disagrees with you.

  • RGB

    Lanning has a better QBR than Weeden.

  • Robbie S

    Tebow would at least be entertaining.

  • left out

    we could just scrap that whole NFL fad known as the “forward pass” and do things the way they use to

  • Garry_Owen

    You mean like all the “NFL style QBs” we’ve trotted out in the last 14 years?

  • left out

    agreed. tebow would be our best rusher that would have to be shown some respect (unlike obgyn or willis) but he can’t throw downfield like weeden.

  • Garry_Owen

    Troy Smith said he “would crawl to Cleveland” to play for the Browns. I know he ain’t good, but he wouldn’t even have to crawl. The Browns could pony up the cost of a bus, or taxi, or rickshaw.

  • 216in614

    quick someone update the jersey pick….

  • Harv 21

    For the love of all things holy, and those also those who hold themselves out as such, please, no Sideshow Tebow talk. We had this incessantly before that draft and after each of his releases. Pretty please.

    I like Hanie. Actually, have zero idea who he is. But chances are he’s taller than 5′ 11,” has a pulse and doesn’t stare at one receiver any longer than Brandon. Why they couldn’t bring him in 3 weeks ago at the start of the by-week and get him some study time and reps is something I’d like to know but whatevs, we’re playing for the best draft position so we can desperately throw the mostest bestest at whoever is #1 or 2 and pray pray pray they accept our handsome ransom..

    [Holy crap, that debacle yesterday has left me in one foul mood].

  • Rudy

    He beat Roethlisberger , something Browns QB’s have done once in the last 16 tries. He did it in the playoffs too. The last Browns playoff win was in 1994. The Browns are a perennial 5-11 team; he’s 8-6 as an NFL starter. So yeah, let’s not stoop to Tebow.

  • nj0

    Simple questions: if he is so good, why isn’t any NFL team interested in him? Why does every coach and GM avoid him like the plague? Simple answer: Cause he sucks. Winning with a Superbowl caliber team doesn’t make him not suck.

  • Kildawg

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Tebow is the guy that gets linked to teams with shoddy QB options/injuries/etc. That is his role in the NFL.

  • J.O

    Troy Smith is the best option. He is in playing shape and willing to play for the browns. He won games with San Fransisco when that team was in the dumps.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    As bad as Weeden is, at least we didn’t “win” RG3. Imagine being 3-7 (soon to be 3-8) AND having no draft picks.

  • mgbode

    honestly, it’s a terrible idea, but I now cannot get the thought bubble of Tebow pulling Troy on a rickshaw to Cleveland out of my head. And, it’s hilarious.

  • mgbode

    well, to be fair, it’s mostly not their offense and we built the better parts of our defense through FA since that pick.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    They only average 0.2 passing yards per game more than we do. So for the primary thing a quarterback does, we’re not far apart. They rush a lot more (69.2 yds/game more) than we do, but it appears RG3 is “only” ~33.4 yds /game of that. So the other ways he effects the game don’t blow me away either.

    I guess all I’m saying is that perhaps you are right and our free agent spending on defense got us one more win. But their free agent spending on offense doesn’t seem to have contributed anything. And we still have all those draft picks that Washington doesn’t.

    I’m just looking for any kind of silver lining here, and unfortunately all I found is: at least we didn’t have the hype of RG3 followed by the disappointment of 3-8 plus no draft picks.

  • Woods

    Atlanta can be a good trading partner, if the Browns want to move up in the draft.

  • Harv 21

    can we get Julio Jones back?

  • Harv 21

    / this, right here

  • Every Ohio State fan

    Omg TROY SMITH INSTEAD>>>

  • G.

    Perfect 10 interceptions, and 3 TD. Pick up Tebow , fill some seats, let us fans have some fun. He did beat the steelers by the way.

  • Rudy

    You are correct on the conventional wisdom view on Tebow. It just seems that once a QB achieves some level of success, it usually takes a lot more failure to completely wash him out of the league. There is no way he does add value in one of the 96 QB spots in the league, including, IMO, one of the three on the Browns.

  • Kildawg

    Best move Holmgren never made. Let Dan Snyder and the Redskins suffer this folly and not be playoff-relevant until 2020.