The Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have expressed interest in trading for New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, though a deal seems unlikely at this point, the Boston Herald reported today.
In December, the Boston Globe linked Mallett, 24, to the Browns as a potential trade target partly because of General Manager Mike Lombardi’s relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots picked the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Mallett in the third round (No. 74 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. Stuck behind Tom Brady, he has never started a regular-season game and has only thrown four passes.
The Browns have made it clear they will try to acquire someone to compete with incumbent starting quarterback Brandon Weeden, 29, for the top spot on the depth chart.
Their options, though, continue to dwindle.
New Orleans Saints free-agent quarterback Chase Daniel agreed to a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today. Matt Moore re-signed with the Miami Dolphins last week, and restricted free-agent Brian Hoyer recently received a second-round tender offer from the Arizona Cardinals. The Browns don’t have a second-round draft pick this year because they forfeited it by selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon last summer in the supplemental draft, so they’re out of the mix for Hoyer.
Former Browns quarterback Derek Anderson remains a possible free-agent target. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com tweeted today that he heard a rumor last month at the NFL Scouting Combine about the Browns eventually signing Anderson.
Anderson, 29, had his best NFL season and went to the Pro Bowl in 2007, when new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski was the offensive coordinator during a previous tour in Cleveland. Chudzinski spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, and Anderson served as their backup quarterback.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Anderson used Facebook in January to flirt with the possibility of returning to the Browns. However, his departure from Cleveland was ugly.
After the Browns released Anderson on March 9, 2010, he ripped Browns fans in an e-mail to the News-Herald.
“The fans are ruthless and don't deserve a winner,” Anderson wrote then. “I will never forget getting cheered when I was injured.
“I know at times I wasn't great. I hope and pray I'm playing when my team comes to town and [we] roll them.”
Jason La Canfora CBS Sports speculated today that the Browns could be interested in Kevin Kolb, 28, if the Cardinals let him go. He also mentioned the Browns and New York Jets as options for Jason Campbell, 31, if he doesn’t re-sign with the Chicago Bears.