Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that along with selecting between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn, the Cleveland Browns are discussing trade options with other teams.
And along with Philadelphia quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's name continues to come up in trade speculation involving Cleveland's search for a new QB.
Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post adds fuel to the fire, stating that based on what he’s heard, no one believes Quinn is the answer in Cleveland.
According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Browns are discussing quarterbacks "on different levels." It appears the Browns have concluded they are more apt to upgrade the quarterback position through trade rather than free agency.
Trades and free agent signings can occur beginning at 12:01 Friday morning. The class of quarterbacks available in free agency is not great. But the new order of life in the NFL without a salary cap could result in teams willing to trade big names, and big contracts, without financial penalties.
Since President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert joined forces to take over Browns operations, they have talked of improving the offense in general and the quarterback position in particular. They naturally have been linked to passers on their former teams -- Matt Hasselbeck of Seattle, and Donovan McNabb or Kevin Kolb of Philadelphia.
The Browns are expected to soon part ways with Derek Anderson, who is owed a $2 million roster bonus on March 19. There is also the possibility that Brady Quinn could garner some interest in a trade.
My story today focuses on the start of free agency, which begins today at 9 p.m (PDT), and how the Seahawks might proceed moving forward. I don’t believe the Seahawks will be as active in free agency as they have been in the past, choosing to revamp the roster through the draft rather than making big splashes in free agency. However, it’s hard to get a good read on the team right now, as head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider have done a good job of playing things close to the vest.
The Seahawks are scheduled to announce tenders for restricted free agents today.
Brian McIntyre of Scout.com predicts what levels the Seahawks restricted free agents will be tendered.
Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com wonders if the Seahawks would be interested in Vikings free agent running back Chester Taylor.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated predicts Taylor will sign in Seattle.
This is pretty useful. The NFL Network’s Pat Kirwan ranks this year’s free agent class by position.
I thought Green Bay Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman could be a free agent target for Seattle, but Dan Arkush of Pro Football Weekly is hearing that the Packers would like to keep him.