Amid Deshaun Watson uncertainty, Browns reportedly signal Josh Rosen


Whereas the Cleveland Browns await a ruling on a doable suspension for quarterback Deshaun Watson, they bolstered their depth Thursday by including a notable title: Josh Rosen.

The 10th decide within the 2018 draft — which noticed the Browns use the best choice on quarterback Baker Mayfield — Rosen started to bounce across the league nearly instantly. Jettisoned after one season by the Arizona Cardinals, who used the primary decide within the 2019 draft on Kyler Murray, the 25-year-old Rosen has additionally hung out with the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

Now Rosen is getting an opportunity to proceed his NFL profession in Cleveland. The Browns determined to signal him, per multiple reports, after figuring out Rosen and free agent AJ McCarron on Thursday.

In any case, Rosen will present Cleveland with one other arm throughout coaching camp, which opens on the finish of the month. He might tackle extra significance, nonetheless, ought to Watson obtain a prolonged suspension.

The NFL carried out a disciplinary hearing final month for Watson, who was accused by greater than 20 girls of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage remedy classes whereas the quarterback was a member of the Houston Texans. The Browns traded for Watson in March and handed him a mammoth contract, however his debut with the workforce may very well be delayed. The NFL is pushing for an indefinite suspension of at least one year; the choice will probably be made by a disciplinary officer collectively appointed by the league and the gamers union, former federal decide Sue L. Robinson.

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Within the occasion of a suspension, the Browns plan to start out Jacoby Brissett, whom they signed within the spring. The workforce subsequently signed Joshua Dobbs, a 27-year-old who beforehand performed for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Extra lately, the Browns traded Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers, ending hypothesis that they could preserve their disgruntled former starter and restore his function within the occasion of a Watson suspension. The Browns beforehand traded backup Case Keenum to the Buffalo Payments, leaving Watson, Brissett and Dobbs on their quarterback depth chart.

With Dobbs having appeared in simply six video games over 5 seasons, together with zero begins, Rosen’s larger expertise — 16 begins in 24 profession appearances — might persuade the Browns to put him subsequent in line behind Brissett. For his profession, Rosen has accomplished 54 p.c of his passes for two,864 yards, 12 touchdowns, 21 interceptions and a 61.1 passer score.

After starring at UCLA, Rosen was thought-about a contender to be drafted first in 2018. He wound up turning into the fourth quarterback chosen, following Mayfield, Sam Darnold (drafted at No. Three by the New York Jets) and Josh Allen (drafted at No. 7 by the Payments). Rosen took over as Arizona’s starter within the fourth sport of that season, however after he struggled to maneuver the offense because the Cardinals went Three-10, they made the bizarre determination to chop ties with him very early and traded him to Miami throughout the 2019 draft following their number of Murray.

Information of Rosen’s signing by the Browns emerged hours after the 24-year-old Murray agreed to a five-year contract extension with Arizona price $230.5 million, together with $160 million in assured cash.

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