Cleveland Browns' fans are used to losing. Since the beginning of 2003, the Browns have had nine losing seasons in ten years. Their only winning season came in 2007, a 10-6 record under then-head coach Romeo Crennel.
NFL.com has reported the recent firings of general manager Michael Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner have caused a stir with quarterback Brandon Weeden. Weeden, the team's 2012 first-round draft pick, wants to leave the Browns and explore other options.
"Given the turmoil with the coaching staff and lack of public support from the most recent front office," sources told NFL.com's Chris Wesseling. “He's interested in a fresh start, with a clean slate and an opportunity to compete to show he has the talent to develop into a productive player in the league."
It's unlikely the Browns will find a suitor for Weeden, though initial reports have surfaced stating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be a landing spot.
The Browns already have two first-round picks and are expected to be key players in the 2014 NFL Draft. Early Mock Drafts indicate the Browns may go after Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel or Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Weeden suffered through the 2013 season, only playing in eight games due to a thumb injury. He passed for 1731 yards and threw for nine touchdowns. His completion percentage was below par at 52.8. This was due to a Browns' offensive line, which ranked 30th in the NFL, ahead of only the Jaguars and Dolphins. The team should look to draft an offensive linemen. If successfully done, the Browns offense will improve immensely. Cleveland was ranked in the Top 11 in passing and receiving yards during the 2013 season.
Getting rid of Weeden could be a good move for the Browns. Despite entering his third year in the league, the former Oklahoma State quarterback is 30 years old. There won't be much room for improvement with a quarterback on the down-side of 30. With a new front office making the calls, the best bet for Cleveland is to start fresh. Brandon Weeden should leave the team immediately, if not sooner.