Browns Release QBs Brandon Weeden And Jason Campbell Wednesday
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BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The offseason housecleaning continued for the Cleveland Browns Thursday.
This time, the quarterbacks.
The Browns released Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell on Wednesday.
The announcements came just 35 minutes apart – first Weeden, then Campbell leaving Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney as the only 2 quarterbacks left on the roster.
They also overshadowed the introduction of Karlos Dansby, Donte Whitner and Isaiah Trufant – their first 3 free agent signings – Wednesday afternoon.
Weeden was drafted by the Browns No. 22 overall in 2012 and started a total of 19 games – 15 as a rookie – and the Browns were 6-17 in the 23 games that Weeden played.
“First and foremost, the Browns would like to thank Brandon and his agent for being true professionals,” general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement from the team. “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
Weeden finished 2013 by throwing for 1,731 yards, 9 touchdowns, 10 interceptions while completing 52.8 percent of his passes. He was also sacked a team high 27 times in 8 games.
“Though this day might be the end of one chapter, I view this as the beginning of another,” Weeden said in a statement released by his agent, Sean Howard. “I want to thank the Cleveland Browns organization – Mr Haslam and Ray Farmer – as well as the staffs that were here over my time with the Browns, to Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert for bringing me on board, to Pat, Brad, Whip, Rob and Norv for helping me along the way. Most important, I want to say thank you to each and every one of my teammates for their support, camaraderie and friendship through some tough times and some good ones. I will grow and develop as a player in the National Football League, and I look forward to the next opportunity.”
As a rookie, Weeden completed 57.4 percent of his passes for a franchise rookie record 3,385 yards to go with 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions with head coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress in 2012.
Following a coaching change, Weeden continued to struggle in his sophomore season under Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
After winning the starting job coming out of training camp and receiving all the first-team reps all offseason, Weeden didn’t play well in the first 2 games of the 2013 regular season completing 47 of 86 passes for 516 yards a touchdown and an interception before spraining his thumb late in the fourth quarter of week 2 at Baltimore.
After Brian Hoyer was lost for the year to a torn ACL in week 5, poor starts in back to back games led to his benching in favor of Campbell halfway through the season.
The Browns signed Campbell, who started 8 games last season, as a free agent in 2013 to a 2-year contract. He was due a $250,000 roster bonus Thursday.
“We appreciate Jason’s contributions to the Browns in 2013,” Farmer said. “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.”
Campbell completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 2,015 yards, 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions last season. He was sacked 16 times in 9 games played.
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