It was reported earlier today that the Cleveland Browns are bringing in former Madden cover quarterback and first-round pick Vince Young in for a workout today, and Browns GM Ray Farmer has confirmed that this is indeed the case. He also stated at a press conference today that the Browns are bringing in another veteran backup quarterback in for a workout today, as the organization will take a look at former Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins QB Tyler Thigpen.
During the regular season (early October), it was reported that the Browns would bring in Thigpen for a workout, but this report was refuted shortly afterwards. At the time, the Browns were considering backup quarterback options to add in lieu of Brian Hoyer’s season-ending injury, as Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden were the top two quarterbacks on the roster.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine has stated his interest in bringing in another veteran quarterback besides Hoyer, who could start this season above a rookie as a stopgap option in order to get the rookie acclimated. The Browns are fully expected to draft a quarterback with a high pick in this year’s draft, and they absolutely need a franchise QB. If they get the right guy, then they should be strong playoff contenders with a talented roster around that QB. However, it’s anyone’s guess as to who their next QB will be or when they will take this QB in the draft.
Thigpen averaged 6.2 yards per attempt with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 420 attempts for the Chiefs in the 2008 season.