Browns Release QBs Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell

The Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday that they have released quarterback Brandon Weeden, who they drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Drafting Weeden was a mistake right from the start and the Oklahoma State product was 438-of-784 passing for 5,116 yards with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in the 23 games that he played in over the course of the last two seasons.

New Browns general manager Ray Farmer issued a short statement on the team website following Weeden’s release.

“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.”

With Weeden now out of the picture, the Browns are again expected to address the quarterback position once again in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. They currently have two first-round picks this year with the highest of the two being the fourth overall selection.

The team also still has quarterback Brian Hoyer under contract and many believe he will be the starter in 2014 until a drafted quarterback of the future can win the job. Hoyer had his 2013 season cut short by a knee injury, but is expected to be ready by the start of the season.

Weeden wasn’t the only quarterback released by the Browns on Wednesday as Jason Campbell also received his walking papers as well.

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  • steeltown

    …. words cant describe

  • Kevin Gobleck


  • Kevin Gobleck

    Hmm which place is worse to go for your career, Oakland or Cleveland???

  • steeltown

    Cleveland has a lot of talent on that roster, if they ever figure out the QB position they’ll be a pretty damn good Team

  • Nolrog

    2012 is turning into an amazing draft for the Browns. They picked Trent Richardson with the #3 pick and traded him away and picked Wheeden with the #21 and outright released him. At least they got back a #1 for Richardson even though it’s late in the round (what were the Colts thinking!!!)

  • StrengthOfVictory

    This is old news. :)

  • DoctorNoah

    I feel bad for Cleveland fans sometimes. I feel bad for people forced to lve in Baltimore or Cincinnati, but to have to deal with the management of the Browns as a fan must be like taking an icy shower in winter while being repeatedly being gut punched by a clown.

  • James Kling

    Not surprising.
    After all, he is 68.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Yeah, but at least they get a new clown each year to do the punching.

  • Douglas Andrews

    But that’s the baffling part. Weeded posted some pretty impressive numbers at OU State. Seemed pretty accurate with the football and the few games I watched I thought he’d be a good pro. I think the problem in Cleveland is they just don’t develop the young qb’s. I realize the way the league is now you can’t afford to have your top 10 qb draft pick on the pine but it makes you wonder if he would have benefited from the Browns moving a little slower to develop him. Maybe give him halfway thru his rookie season before just throwing him to the wolves.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I bet he’ll go somewhere now and become a decent backup qb

  • steeltown

    Yea but he was like 28yrs old at the time ha

  • Brian Tollini

    He actually doesn’t turn 68 till June.

  • steeltown

    ..actually he’ll be 68 in October

  • James Kling

    Maybe he can back up Tim Couch.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Campbell just got cut, too. But it wouldn’t be the NFL Draft without the Browns taking a QB in the first round.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Cleveland can be a QB graveyard!

  • steeltown

    Derek Carr to the Cleveland Browns

  • Iron Cadet

    Oakland. No question.

  • Brian Tollini

    Great question. I say Oakland by a hair

  • James Kling

    He should stitch a cyanide capsule into the lapel of his suit just in case.

  • srdan

    In the NFL you get a second less to throw the ball. That is an eternity. That second less doesn’t allow other aspects of the game to translate sometimes.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Right but still seems like a lot to ask a 28 yr old rookie with no leadership on the offensive side of the ball to be the Franchise savior. Correct me if I’m wrong but Weeden was drafted the same year as T Richardson with the 2nd of 2 1st rd picks. Hard enough to play a rookie qb on a good team like we did with Ben but on a bad team that’s young and you add rookies at QB and RB seems like a recipe for disaster. Oh well can’t really put it all on Weeden haven’t they had like 20 qb’s since the Bernie Kosar days…

  • srdan

    LOL, as a part of his cut he was given his AARP card.

  • Paddy

    Too funny but that’s Cleveland, mistakes by the lake

  • Rubem Dornas

    I can still remember Dave Bry’s reaction when the Browns announced their second first round pick in 2012:

    “Weeden LOL”

    Just remembering that their first first round pick was RB Trent Richardson. Now, both first round picks are gone.

    Cleveland Clowns.

  • CW

    11 picks for the Cleveland Browns in 2012…

    4 remain in Cleveland two years later. 2 decent backup defensive linemen in John Hughes and Billy Winn averaging about 18 tackles and 1.5 sacks each per season, an okay offensive lineman in Mitchell Schwartz, and am almost exclusively special teams punt and kick returning wide receiver in Travis Benjamin.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Lets see who the next skippy is to sign Jason Campbell. I have no idea between him and Tavaris Jackson where people see starting QB, He was lousy in Washington, didn’t get it done in Oakland and despite some pretty good weapons in Cleveland with that TE and WR, couldn’t get it done there. Campbell actually admitting he didn’t know all of the playbook and wasn’t prepared hopefully puts him out to pasture.

  • James Kling

    Keeey-rap, that’s hittin’ home, I become eligible in a few months!

  • srdan


  • Jason White

    Driving into Cleveland I wonder if there is a sign at the city limits that reads.

    “Welcome to Cleveland, Ohio The place mediocre quarterbacks come to die”

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I have been telling people that for ages, and after getting laughed at, the owner does something else so stupid that no one can believe it. We should however be accustomed to that. Maybe one day they will give the front office a few years to do it right.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    If they draft one at pick 4 my beer will be flying out my nose.

  • Matt Manzo

    How many 1st rounders have they blown in the last 20 years? I’m still laughing at Tim Couch!

  • bgsteelfan

    I hope not for his sake.