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NFL Rumor: Browns unlikely to ‘make run at’ Josh Freeman

Despite the interest of fans, it appears that the Cleveland Browns will not be making an attempt to sign recently released quarterback Josh Freeman.

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday afternoon (tweet) that, after doing some research, “don’t expect the Browns to make a run at Josh Freeman.”

Freeman, the No. 17 pick in the 2009 Draft, was initially the undoubted starter for Tampa Bay in 2013 under head coach Greg Schiano. But after a disappointing start, he was later benched for rookie Mike Glennon and, after a string of bad news stories released to the move, was released by the team earlier in the week.

The Kansas State product threw for over 3,400 yards every year from 2010-2012. His best performance was that sophomore season when he had 25 touchdowns against only six interceptions. At the time, he was viewed as a rising star in the league. Since then, he threw 45 touchdowns and 42 interceptions in his final 34 games for Tampa Bay, often clashijng with Schiano over the last year-plus.

After both Buffalo’s E.J. Manuel and Cleveland’s Brian Hoyer were lost with injuries during Thursday’s primetime game in Cleveland, the two teams were rumored to be the favorites to nab Freeman quickly. For now, however, the Browns might not be one of the top candidates aiming for the controversial QB’s services.

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  • Ben Frambaugh

    That sucks, I’d really be interested in how he plays here.

  • Natedawg86

    I am ok with that if they don’t think he is the long term solution with the locker room chemistry we have right now

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Here’s what I don’t get. Who are they going to sign instead?

    They could pick up Freeman for a song considering the Bucs are on the hook for most if his contract. You’re telling me they’d rather bring up a practice squad guy or some free agent that couldn’t make a squad when the season began?

    I just don’t understand. The only thing that makes sense is that they’re trying to lay low to avoid a bidding war. But seriously…they’re going to sign someone soon, right? They can’t go into next week with Weeden and an (injured) Cambell, can they?

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Chemistry schmemistry…the dude is better than Weeden. Why not give him a one season tryout? What’s the worst that could happen?

  • saggy

    couldn’t agree more. just doesn’t make sense. the Browns absolutely need to pick up a QB. This kid will easily be better than anyone else they’ll find on the scrap heap.