Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – The Cleveland Browns have released first-round drafted quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.
Weeden, 30, won only five games in his 20 starts in two seasons.
He went 0-5 last season.
While Weeden has a strong arm, he possesses little mobility and a tendency to focus on one receiver when pressured.
The number-22-overall pick in 2012, Weeden completed 56 percent of his passes for a 71.8 rating, with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
He signed a four-year deal in 2012 worth $8.1 million, with $7.511 million guaranteed and a $4.318 million signing bonus.
Weeden hopes to catch on with another team.
“Though this day might be the end of one chapter, I view this as the beginning of another,” said Weeden.
Campbell, 32, went 1-7 in his lone season with the team.
He completed 56.8 percent for 2,015 yards, 11 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 76.9 rating.
Campbell signed a two-year deal with the Browns last season and was cut before a $250,000 roster bonus came due today.
Their departure left only Brian Hoyer in the roster, but opens the door for the Browns to acquire a veteran quarterback such as a Matt Schaub or Rex Grossman, and to draft a young one from the deep and diverse college crop.
The Browns have the No. 4 and No. 26 picks and are also doing their due diligence on all the top quarterbacks in the draft, including Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr.