Let’s Speculate a Deal: Chad Henne for Brandon Weeden

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Let’s start with the obvious. The Browns and the Jaguars both need help at QB. Neither Weeden nor Henne provide a long term solution, but I can’t help but look at both players and think they benefit from trading places. The new Browns regime is clearly not pleased with Weeden, but have little other option at QB putting everyone in an awkward spot. A move to Jacksonville would be a fresh start for Weeden and a chance to reunite with Justin Blackmon. The Jaguars have recommitted to Gabbert, but adding Weeden brings fresh competition and if Gabbert falters Weeden should be a solid fill in (and his cap number for 2013 is under $1 million)

On the Browns end they get something back for Weeden and in a worst case scenario I think Henne makes for an effective short term answer. Henne has the arm strength to air it out in a Norv Turner offense and has interestingly played his best games against top defenses (he regularly beat up on the Jets secondary when he was with Miami and put in a 350 yard 4 TD 0 INT performance against the Texans with Jacksonville last year.) In a league that features some stout defensive talent, Henne’s ability to play up to his better competition could be invaluable. Henne also has a low cap number (around $2 million) and is entering the 2nd year of a 2 year deal which means the Browns will not be prohibited from adding another QB through the draft or free agency.

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