The Cleveland Browns need help at quarterback heading into 2017, but reportedly, Geno Smith isn’t going to be the one to provide it.
Mary Kay Cabot, likely responding to a report by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, wrote on Twitter, “Not getting the vibe that #Browns have any interest in Geno Smith.”
Rapoport, appearing on NFL Network Monday evening, said that the Browns were interested in Smith and were even looking at him to compete as starter for the 2017 season. He also mentioned the Los Angeles Chargers as a team showing interest in Smith’s services.
From the perspective of the Browns, it really does make little sense to bring in Smith. Throughout his career in the NFL as a member of the New York Jets, he’s proven to be an inconsistent, inaccurate passer who struggles in the face of pressure. Cleveland already has a better option in Cody Kessler, who was actually pretty capable last year when given the chance to start.
Furthermore, if the Browns are going to invest effort into a quarterback that has accuracy issues but might possess latent talent, then it’s going to invest in Brock Osweiler, who is owed $16 million for the 2017 season.
Smith will likely land on an NFL roster this summer. But we’ll be shocked if he ends up becoming a member of the Browns organization.