Cleveland Browns add Josh Rosen to the QB depth chart
Ricky Gray | July 22, 2022
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On a one-year contract, the young Rosen will likely back up Deshaun Watson & Jacoby Brissett.
With all of the drama surrounding Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns are grabbing some insurance by signing Josh Rosen.
Although it’s only on a one-year deal, the Browns could be bringing Rosen in just in case Watson is suspended at some point this season.
The NFL has yet to make a decision regarding Watson but litigation against the quarterback continues. The Houston Texans recently settled with the plaintiffs in Watson’s case.
The plan was for Watson and Jacoby Brissett to both fight for the starting position in Cleveland. With his athletic ability, Watson would likely earn the QB1 spot.
In the event that he’s suspended, Rosen could compete against Brissett for that position. Rosen was the starter in Arizona, where he was drafted and in Miami for a short time.
His tumultuous career so far has put Rosen in a tough position. He’s definitely a talented quarterback but hasn’t shown that he can take the next step in the NFL.
Rosen, 25, has spent time with five NFL teams since he was drafted out of UCLA. The last team that Rosen played for was the Atlanta Falcons, where he went 2 for 11 and threw two interceptions.
Texans owners Janice McNair, Hannah and Cal McNair said in a statement: “We were shocked and deeply saddened when we first learned of the allegations against our then franchise quarterback in March 2021,” in regard to Watson’s legal troubles.
The statement continued: “Although our organization did not have any knowledge of Deshaun Watson's alleged misconduct, we have intentionally chosen to resolve this matter amicably.”
Watson has settled 20 of 24 lawsuits that accused him of sexual misconduct. The NFL has yet to determine if Watson should be suspended under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.