Published January 08, 2015
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Weeden's ill-fated run as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback officially came to a close Wednesday, with the team releasing the 2012 first-round pick after just two years.
Also cut loose was fellow quarterback Jason Campbell, who combined with Weeden to start 13 of Cleveland's 16 games during last year's highly disappointing 4-12 campaign.
Weeden, the 22nd overall pick of 2012 who entered the NFL as a 28-year-old onetime professional baseball player, went just 5-15 in 20 starts with the Browns and completed only 52.8 percent of his throws during his sophomore season.
Over his time with the Browns, Weeden tossed 26 interceptions with 23 touchdown passes and threw for 5,116 yards on a 55.9 percent completion rate.
Cleveland will eat over $4.2 million in total salary with the move, as Weeden's four-year rookie contract was entirely guaranteed.
Campbell, meanwhile, lasted just one year in Cleveland. The veteran journeyman, signed to a two-year deal last March to push Weeden for the No. 1 job, won just one of his eight starts with the Browns and posted a 56.8 percent completion percentage, his lowest since his rookie season of 2006.
The 32-year-old recorded 11 touchdown passes while tossing eight interceptions and putting up 2,015 yards in nine overall games last season.
Weeden and Campbell's release leaves Brian Hoyer as the Browns' clear-cut starter under center for the time being, though Cleveland is expected to address the quarterback position in the upcoming draft.