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Report: Browns to work out Geno Smith; mum on Ryan Mallett

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Weeden's the incumbent but Mallett and Smith could be in the mix, too. (Getty Images)
Weeden (left) is the incumbent, but Mallett (center) and Smith could be in the mix, too. (Getty Images)
Eleven months ago, the Browns used a first-round pick on then-28-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden. Not surprisingly, he experienced rookie growing pains, but showed glimpses of potential during a mostly forgettable 5-11 season. But with a new owner, front office and coaching staff, Weeden's future in Cleveland is less certain than it was just a few months ago.

The team has made it clear on several occasions that the second-year QB will have competition in training camp.

A year after one of the best quarterback draft classes in recent memory, the 2013 version is considered something less than that. The Browns hold the No. 6 pick, but because there are no Andrew Lucks or Robert Griffin IIIs, team president Joe Banner says there are no plans to target a QB early, although he didn't rule out one in later rounds.

Still, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports that the Browns will hold a private workout for former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, ranked No. 1 at the position according to NFLDraftScout.com.

Maybe this is due diligence, or perhaps Banner really does have designs on taking a quarterback sixth overall. (This is the season for obfuscation and misdirection, after all.) More likely: the team would swing a trade for Ryan Mallett, the former Arkansas star who was a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2011.

Browns general manager Mike Lombardi has long been a Mallett fan, and two years ago referred to him as the best quarterback in the '11 draft. And last week, on the second day of the free-agency signing period, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala tweeted this:

For now, Banner declined to say if the Browns inquired about trading for Mallett, which was rumored to be the case.

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