Cleveland Browns sign Caleb Hanie

Caleb Hanie (16) throws during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns are going into this week’s game against the New England Patriots in a precarious situation at quarterback, because both Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden are nursing concussions. The only other QB on the Browns 53-man roster is Alex Tanney, who has even less business starting on Sundays than Weeden. If Campbell and Weeden can’t go this week (Weeden isn’t expected to, but Campbell should be able to play), then the Browns would be in a very tough spot.

That’s why they have signed Caleb Hanie, because they need some sort of insurance in case Campbell and Weeden can’t play. While Campbell has been cleared for activity, he hasn’t been cleared for practice. If Campbell can’t practice by Thursday, then his status against the Patriots would be in serious doubt. While the Browns have a very slim chance of making the playoffs, they still aren’t mathematically eliminated and would obviously like to avoid getting embarrassed against the Patriots.

Hanie definitely isn’t an ideal starter, but he did work out for the Browns last week and was a capable backup for the Chicago Bears. You could do a whole lot worse when it comes to signing an emergency backup at QB, so Hanie should be serviceable if thrown into the fire. It’s hardly ideal since he probably doesn’t know the offense, but it’s better than starting Alex Tanney on Sunday.

Topics: Brandon Weeden, Caleb Hanie, Cleveland Browns, Jason Campbell, Transactions

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  • Casini

    So its him or “trickshot” Tanney? Belichick salivates…..

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      If Tanney were to ever start Belichick would be like, “Men, we have a tough assignment ahead of us. You may think of him as a punchline, but we always have to prepare for a team’s best. ‘Trickshot’ will destroy us if we let him. It is what it is. Laps. Practice. Watch his practice tape. *Loud grunt*.”

      But seriously, could you imagine this game being a “trap” for NE?

      • Casini

        No. Talib on Gordon with help over the top. I’d pick up McGahee if I played FF.

  • Greg

    Out of all the available free agent quarterbacks , this is who the Browns go with?
    Are the browns trying for that first round selection?

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Better cross our fingers that Campbell plays, mostly because I don’t like watching bad football.

      • Greg

        I hear ya

  • freeme10

    We all know that Tebow was a better option on the market.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Belichick: “Yeah no doubt. Good player. Browns might as well use him to pray that they can beat us.”

      • freeme10

        Well, losing is a better option right now anyways. The draft should be fun next year.

    • Greg

      There is a reason no team in the NFL will sign Tebow.