Just In: Quarterback Dilemma: Browns Turn to Rookie Explore Flacco Option After Watson’s Season-Ending Injury

After starting quarterback Deshaun Watson tragically lost his season to a shoulder injury, the Cleveland Browns switched their attention to rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who is expected to start this weekend against division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite this, the team is actively investigating other quarterback alternatives.

Joe Flacco, a seasoned veteran who has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets, worked out with the Browns on Friday. Cleveland.com, however, stated that no agreement was reached during the meeting. Flacco is still a top choice for the Browns, and by the next week, there’s talk that he may be added to the practice squad or active roster.

After winning a Super Bowl while playing for Baltimore for the first 11 years of his career, Flacco then spent three years as a backup and a year in Denver before moving to New York. He made four starts in 2022 and ended with a 1-3 record. Notably, he averaged just 5.5 yards per attempt and completed 57.6% of his passes, a career low. The 38-year-old quarterback’s current campaign has been spent without a team.

The Browns are keeping their options open with regard to other quarterback prospects. The team trusted P.J. Walker enough to start him for three games earlier in the season when Watson was injured, even though Walker already starts alongside Thompson-Robinson. Although it is unlikely that Thompson-Robinson and Walker will be replaced by a new quarterback acquisition, there have been many unexpected developments this season, particularly with regard to the performance of backup quarterbacks.

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