NFL experts believed the Cleveland Browns would trade for a veteran quarterback during the off season. They were both right and wrong. The Browns did trade for a veteran signal caller, just not the one who plays for the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Instead of Jimmy Garoppolo, the Browns pulled off a shocking trade on March 9. Cleveland acquired Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans. Speculation began that the Browns would waive the former Texans and Denver Broncos signal caller. Osweiler has been a part of Cleveland’s off season work out program. Is that an indication he could be in the mix for the starting quarterback job in 2017?

“We expect Brock to be here,” Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown said. “He is in and has done a good job coming in the first couple of days. He is a positive young man who has some ability and talent. We look forward to him trying to establish himself here and have a chance to compete to be the starting quarterback.”

Osweiler currently has the most NFL experience at quarterback on the Browns roster. Two seasons as a part time starter for both the Broncos and Texans. Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, the only other quarterbacks currently on the roster are entering year two of the NFL careers. The Browns expect to use one of their eleven picks in next week’s NFL Draft on a quarterback. Osweiler adds another piece to the ongoing puzzle of who will finally emerge as the Browns franchise signal caller.

“There are only so few people who walk the earth who can play the quarterback position in the NFL,” Browns vice president of Player Personnel Andrew Berry said. “So that makes it difficult in terms of projecting a number of college players to have success in the NFL system, but there is rigorous debate for all position groups as you go through the draft process, and that is no different for quarterback.”

Do the Browns envision adding a veteran quarterback to the roster before or during the draft?

“No.I wouldn’t,” Browns said “Could we in theory? Yes, but are we planning on it or is that the plan? No.”

Scott Piker is the lead staff writer for the Cleveland Browns in addition to Ohio State Buckeyes at Endzone Score. So follow him on Twitter @ScottPikerSport.

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