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Thanks to impressive names like Dak Prescott and the doomsday collection of QBs headed this way from the NFL, the Cleveland Browns, among others, are quickly becoming the talk of the town in Cleveland—and not necessarily in a good way.
Cleveland is a notoriously tough landing spot for NFL QBs. But here’s what might be different about these roster holes, now, versus previous years: the existence of an Eagles diehard quarterback group and free agency bust Donovan McNabb. Everything former A.A. Richardson left behind is gone.
This much is clear: The Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants remain leading candidates to take Cousins and go for it. And some perspective here: if you went on a reality TV show about a boy band, you’d never have 10 $20 bills. John Elway had to take three seriously punch-up QBs and assemble one, in Dan Marino, not long after he got to Denver in 1983.
Nonetheless, the three most likely replacements for the guy who left for Washington–USC’s Cody Kessler, the Jets’ Bryce Petty, and the Panthers’ Mitchell Trubisky–all got QB rankings lower than Manziel did last season. And everyone’s so ahead of the Browns, who will surely find a way to waste yet another draft pick on another QB.
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