The unemployment rate amongst gingers just experienced quite a bump as the Cleveland Browns, in one of their more anticipated decisions, have parted ways with former first-round pick Brandon Weeden.
After a season filled with back-handed passes, game-changing interceptions and incredible amounts of booing, Browns general manager Ray Farmer decided that Weeden’s future would not include the city of Cleveland. Farmer released the following statement:
“First and foremost, the Browns would like to thank Brandon and his agent for being true professionals. The circumstances in which he found himself were not easy for him or the team. After discussions with Brandon and his agent, we’d like to give him the ability to pursue other opportunities.”
After two incredibly difficult seasons with the Browns, the 30-year-old quarterback will enter the free agent market having thrown for 5,116 yards, 23 touchdowns, 26 interceptions and a passer rating of 71.8. In what was supposed to be a Weeden-friendly system in 2013, the Oklahoma State product regressed mightily, completing just 52.8 percent of his passes—a league-worst 28.2 percent when under pressure. Pro Football Focus ranked Weeden 31st among 42 eligible passers, behind such accomplished talents like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kellen Clemens, Thaddeus Lewis and Matt McGloin.
In addition to Weeden, the Browns have released last season’s second-string quarterback Jason Campbell.
“We appreciate Jason’s contributions to the Browns in 2013,” said Farmer. “He’s a respected veteran player in this league. We felt like at this time, early in the free-agency period, we would give him a better opportunity to move forward. We wish Jason the best in his future endeavors.”
The Browns are widely considered to be one of the handful of teams to use a first-round draft selection on a quarterback in addition to being linked to Houston’s Matt Schaub.