Cleveland Browns Bolster Quarterback Depth with Veteran Addition

Cleveland Browns Bolster Quarterback Depth with Veteran Addition

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NFL

March 18th, 2024

The Cleveland Browns are prioritizing stability at the quarterback position after a tumultuous 2022 season. Their latest move? Signing former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley to a one-year deal. This acquisition adds another veteran signal-caller to the mix, providing much-needed depth and protection behind their starting quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

Building a Strong Quarterback Room, Cleveland Browns Add Depth Behind Watson

Last season, the Cleveland Browns were forced to juggle a quarterback due to Watson's shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, which limited him to just six starts. This resulted in a carousel of quarterbacks taking snaps, including P.J. Walker, rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson, and veteran Joe Flacco, who signed mid-season and ultimately led the team to a playoff berth.

The Cleveland Browns commitment to solidifying their quarterback depth was further evident with the recent signing of 2015's number one overall pick, Jameis Winston. Winston will serve as a backup to Watson, who has only played in 12 games since signing his massive $230 million contract with Cleveland in 2022.

Huntley's Experience Bolsters Browns' Backup Options

With the addition of Huntley, the Browns now have three quarterbacks vying for the backup role behind Watson. Huntley, a 26-year-old quarterback, has spent the past three seasons as Lamar Jackson's primary backup in Baltimore. While his starting experience is limited (3-7 record in 10 starts), he possesses valuable game experience. Notably, Huntley started a playoff game in the 2022 season during Jackson's absence. Unfortunately, a crucial fumble near the goal line resulted in a game-winning touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Overall, Huntley's arrival adds another layer of depth and competition to the Cleveland Browns quarterback room. He brings experience as a backup and starter, having thrown for 1,957 yards, eight touchdowns, and seven interceptions throughout his 20 regular-season game appearances. The Browns are clearly focused on ensuring stability at the quarterback position, and Huntley's addition is a significant step in that direction.

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