FRIDAY, 4:36pm: Asked today if he wanted to stay in Cleveland, Weeden said yes, according to Gina Mizell of The Oklahoman (hat tip to Pro Football Talk). However, the Browns quarterback acknowledged that his fate isn’t necessarily in his hands.
“I understand the business side of everything that’s going on,” Weeden said. “It’s kind of out of my control, because I’m still under contract. The ball’s kind of in their court, depending on what they want to do and do with me going forward. I kind of have no control over it. It is what it is, and things will work out.”
TUESDAY, 10:47pm: Last year’s coach, CEO, and GM are gone and now the one-time starting quarterback wants out too. Brandon Weeden wants the Browns to trade him elsewhere before the start of the 2014 season, according to Mike Silver of the NFL Network (via Jeff Schudel of the News-Herald).
Two sources close to the Browns’ 2012 first-round draft choice told Silver that Weeden wants to get a fresh start with another club. The news isn’t terribly surprising since new head coach Mike Pettine made a point to stay that he is a fan of Michigan State product Brian Hoyer, calling him a “winner” with “off the charts” intangibles during his introductory press conference. It’s still possible that the Browns will target a signal caller in the draft, which would bump Weeden down the depth chart even further.
Silver mentioned the Cardinals, Buccaneers and Texans as teams that might be interested in Weeden, who has a 5-15 record under center. Weeden’s salary of $1,124,872 for 2014 is guaranteed.