The Cleveland Browns are loaded with assets to solve the quarterback situation this off-season.
The organization possesses roughly $118 million in salary cap space as well as five choices in the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski took a crack at predicting where some of the most heavily discussed quarterbacks will land.
“They could take multiple approaches, but the Browns would be wise to find a veteran, draft the top available prospect with the No. 1 overall pick and continue to develop Kizer. Considering the team’s laughably awful history, every lead needs to be pursued,” Sobleski said.
After the addition of General Manager John Dorsey, it would make sense for quarterback Alex Smith to end up in Cleveland. There are a few hurdles to clear before than can become a reality.
“First, the Kansas City Chiefs must move on from the 33-year-old. The decision seems like an easy one since Smith is on the books for a $20.6 million cap hit next season. The team could save $17 million by releasing him, and 2017 first-round pick Patrick Mahomes is waiting in the wings.
Second, former Kansas City and new Cleveland general manager John Dorsey must sell Smith on joining the league’s worst franchise. However, Dorsey brought the signal-caller to the Chiefs in 2013, and their relationship could prove to be an edge for the Browns over any other suitor.”
As noted, Dorsey acquired Smith from the San Francisco 49ers after becoming the General Manager of the Chiefs in 2013.
The former No. 1 overall selection has completed 1,587-of-2,436 passes for 17,608 yards, 102 touchdowns and 33 touchdowns during his five seasons with Kansas City; the best five years of his career. He has thrown double-digit interceptions in just four of his 12 seasons. It has not happened since the 2010 season.
Conversely, rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has thrown 21 interceptions this season. The circumstances are a little different but Smith has thrown more than 12 interceptions over the course of a season just once. During the 2006 campaign, his second season, he threw 16 interceptions.
Chiefs Kingdom is clearly excited about both the present and the future. While we’re all in an extra celebratory mood this holiday season due to the newly punch playoff ticket for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, questions are also being asked about whether or not Chiefs fans will see their quarterback of the future anytime soon.
Now that the Chiefs have a playoff spot locked up, Andy Reid was noncommittal as to whether or not he would be resting the Chiefs starters as they travel to Mile High to play the Denver Broncos in Week 17. With nothing to play for besides individual stats, Reid is likely to at least give a few players a break. Will one of those be starting quarterback Alex Smith?
If Smith is given a break, Patrick Mahomes could be given his first professional reps at the NFL level. For those fans who’ve been waiting to see the Chiefs first round pick, Week 17 could provide an exciting glimpse into the future.
Smith was asked about the potential of Mahomes playing on Sunday and whether or not he would be ready to play. Being mentally ready after a full season in the playbook is only one part of the equation, Smith said.