The Cleveland Browns will play rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson this weekend against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers after starting quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a shoulder injury that would sideline him for the remainder of the season. Still, they’re keeping an eye on other quarterbacks.
Joe Flacco checked out for the Browns on Friday. He has played for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Baltimore Ravens. However, no contract was reached with the veteran, as reported by Cleveland.com. By next week, he might be added to the practice squad or active roster as they reportedly still view him as their top target.
Flacco played as the starting quarterback for each club for one year in Denver and three years in New York after spending the first 11 years of his career in Baltimore, where he also won a Super Bowl. In 2022, he had four starts, finished with a record of 1-3, completed just 57.6% of his passes for a career-low 5.5 yards per attempt, and had five touchdowns against three interceptions. This season, the quarterback, who is now 38 years old, has not played in the NFL.
Cleveland has P.J. Walker in addition to Thompson-Robinson, however it is unknown which other quarterbacks might be a good fit. The Browns felt confident enough in Walker to start him in three games that Watson missed early in the season. While it seems improbable that the quarterback who signs the contract would surpass the other guy, stranger things have occurred, particularly in this exciting season of backup quarterback action.