Browns release QBs Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell

The Brandon Weeden era lasted two forgettable seasons. (USATSI)
The Brandon Weeden era lasted two forgettable seasons. (USATSI)

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In news that should surprise no one -- least of all Brandon Weeden -- the Browns' 2012 first-round pick has been released, the team announced Wednesday. The team's other healthy quarterback -- Jason Campbell -- was also given his walking papers, leaving Brian Hoyer on the roster.

This latest move means that the Browns' two 2012 first-rounders are no longer on the roster (the team traded running back Trent Richardson to Indy last September).

Weeden, 30, never looked like a franchise quarterback, although playing in Cleveland had a lot to do with that. In two seasons he made 20 starts, completed 56 percent of his passes, with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. 

And now, the organization is (again) ready to go in another direction.

That could mean trolling the free-agent waters for a veteran quarterback (Matt Schaub could be an option, once he's released by the Texans) or using one of their two first-round picks on a quarterback (Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr may or may not be popular options). 

Weeden told the Oklahoman last month that his tenure in Cleveland was one big "roller coaster," and that the constant turnover in the Browns' organization made for a "tough situation."

Now that he's out of Cleveland, Weeden's wants are pretty simple.

“I want to play football,” he said at the time. “I don't care. I just want to play football and be at a place where it's enjoyable and we can compete and win games. That's really what it's all about.”

Weeden will find work as an NFL backup, a proposition he'll almost certainly welcome given what he's been through the two years.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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