He was signed ahead of fellow free-agent Colin Kaepernick during the 2017 offseason to serve as Russell Wilson’s backup in Seattle.
How acquired: Draft (2004 fourth round)Season: 2004Starting record: 0-4Claim to fame: Starring in a series of 2015 Verizon commercials lamenting his status as a career backup. The new Browns administration that arrived in 2005 didn’t think much of Mc Cown’s future after his rookie struggles and subsequently traded him to Tampa Bay.
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How acquired: Draft (2016 third round)Seasons: 2016-present Starting record: 0-8Claim to fame: Kessler failed to win any of his eight starts in 2016 — the average margin of loss was 14.3 points — but he was under center replacing an injured Robert Griffin III in Cleveland’s only victory in Week 16 against the Chargers. Kessler entered the 2017 preseason as Cleveland’s starting quarterback but showed so little that he became buried in mothballs on the depth chart.
How acquired: Trade (San Francisco)Seasons: 2006 to 2008Starting record: 0-3Claim to fame: Dorsey was part of the package sent by San Francisco to Cleveland for quarterback Trent Dilfer in the 2006 offseason. With two other quarterbacks absent (Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn), Dorsey started three games for the 2008 Browns before getting injured himself.
He was released by the Browns after the season by new head coach Eric Mangini.
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He went 0-3 the following year before being released in the 2012 offseason.
Mc Cown, who lasted in the NFL as a reserve for four teams over the next 12 years, is currently a free agent after being released by Dallas at the end of the 2017 preseason. Louis)Season: 2008Starting record: 0-1Claim to fame: Thrown into the fire after injuries to Cleveland’s top three quarterbacks (Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn and Ken Dorsey), Gradkowski started Romeo Crennel’s final game as Browns head coach in 2008. Louis Rams)Season: 2012Starting record: 0-1Claim to fame: Lewis set passing records for yardage and touchdowns while at Duke. Lewis, who spent much of the 2012 season on Cleveland’s practice squad, was pressed into starting the season-finale because of injuries to other quarterbacks. Griffin's attempts to reinvent himself in Cleveland were derailed when he suffered a fractured shoulder in the 2016 season-opener against Philadelphia.
He threw three interceptions in a 31-0 loss to Pittsburgh. Like with Dorsey, Gradkowski had no chance to stick with a new Browns regime and was released shortly after Eric Mangini’s hiring as head coach. Lewis played commendably against Pittsburgh, but the Browns still lost, and head coach Pat Shurmur was fired the next day. How acquired: Free agent (Washington)Season: 2016Starting record: 1-4Claim to fame: Griffin was the NFL’s 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year whose career took such a precipitous fall that he spent all of the 2015 season riding the bench in Washington. If his NFL career is over — and it might very well be despite being only 27 years old — at least Griffin went out on a high note as the starter in Cleveland’s only win in 2016 against San Diego.
How acquired: Draft (2007 first-round)Seasons: 2007 to 2009Starting record: 3-9Claim to fame: Quinn became the first quarterback in Browns history to throw three touchdown passes in one quarter during a 2009 win over Detroit. A prolonged contract holdout crippled Quinn’s chances to start as a rookie and opened the door for Derek Anderson to claim the position.
The regular rotation of Anderson and Quinn over the next two seasons by two different coaching staffs did neither quarterback any favors. How acquired: Draft (2012 first round)Seasons: 20Starting record: 5-15Claim to fame: At age 28, Weeden became the oldest player ever selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
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He also set Cleveland's single-game passing record with 457 yards in 2015 against Baltimore. With Robert Griffin III (shoulder) knocked out in the 2016 season-opener, Mc Cown started before being sidelined himself by a shoulder injury. Mc Cown is now starting for the Jets, where three victories through five games in 2017 had already tripled his overall total during two seasons in Cleveland.