Browns maintain QB carousel, trade Case Keenum for Bills and sign Jacoby Brissett, reports say


A day after securing former Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson via trade, the Cleveland Browns made two more moves to the position.

According to a report of Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Cleveland traded Case Keenum to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a seventh-round pick. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns then quickly moved to sign former Patriots, Colts and Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett as the new replacement.

Keenum will replace the late Mitchell Trubisky at Buffalo. Undecided remains the fate of disgraced Browns starter Baker Mayfield, who requested a trade following the Watson rumors that began swirling last week. The Browns initially turned down Mayfield’s request, but after acquiring Watson, they seem likely to eventually acquiesce. It has been reported that Mayfield would prefer to be traded to the Indianapolis Colts, but there may be other suitors for his services.

As for Brissett, it seems likely that he will be called upon to start games for the Browns this season.

The structure of Watson’s record-breaking new contract appears to indicate that the team and the quarterback expect him to be suspended for at least part of the 2022 season. Watson’s new deal bumped his salary from base for the 2022 campaign from $35 million to just $1 million, a move transparently designed to help lessen the financial impact on Watson if and when he is suspended by the league at the end of his investigation into the allegations. by 22 women who accused him of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

Brissett made 37 starts and played in 60 games during his six-year career, completing 60.2% of his passes averaging 6.4 yards per attempt while throwing 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions en route to a record of 14-23 as a starter. . He’s also become a prolific quarterback artist in recent years, and in each of the two seasons he was his team’s full-time starter, he rushed for at least 200 yards and four touchdowns.

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