The quarterback position is the most important position in the NFL. That is widely agreed upon. Another wide spread belief is that there are no quarterbacks worth giving even a decent sized contract to this off-season. This on the precipice of the NFL Draft where there is far different evaluations of the quarterbacks available. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora took time before the start of NFL Free Agency to look at possible fits for free agent quarterbacks, linking one to the Cleveland Browns:
Matt Schaub, Cleveland: With the Browns firing their front office and going with rookie GM Ray Farmer and rookie coach Mike Pettine, the likelihood they trade up or go big for a quarterback at the top of the draft has greatly diminished. I’d be surprised if they took a passer in the first round. They want competition for Brian Hoyer however, and Schaub already knows this system inside out from his time with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston. In fact, he thrived under him. Schaub is not as mobile and spry as he used to be, but with a new offensive system in place there, Schaub is an obvious choice and after making $15M a year the past few years, he will come cheaply. (Rex Grossman would be a fall-back plan here, with his Shanahan ties).
Schaub is noted as playing under Shanahan and that experience is a good tie in with the Browns. Schaub had his best year under Shanahan in 2009 and could be quality competition for Brian Hoyer. Lets take a look at why Schaub Makes Sense and why he doesn’t.