Tavon Young Womens Jersey The Cleveland Browns gave Brock Osweiler a fair shot at winning the starting job. He just couldn’t prove he deserved it — or a spot on the roster. After naming rookie DeShone Kizer as the regular season starting quarterback, the Browns released Osweiler.
The Pittsburgh pass defense was middling last fall. Steeler defensive backs held opposing passers to an 89.5 rating — a mark that ranked 18th in the league despite facing the Browns’ shameful cavalcade of quarterbacks twice.
T.J. Oshie Womens Jersey Why did Cleveland release one of its longest-tenured players?: Pittsburgh isn’t getting a can’t-miss player here. Haden has struggled with injury recently, playing in just 18 games over the last two seasons. With more than $14 million in salary commitments on the books, he was an expensive risk for a rebuilding team. The Browns tried to trade him before letting him hit the free-agent market, but ultimately failed to recoup any assets for their two-time Pro Bowler.
Instead, they’ll turn to Jason McCourty, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, and Jamar Taylor in what promises to be an underwhelming coverage unit in 2017.
The fan perspective: Opinions coming out of Cleveland may not matter much to those in Pittsburgh, but Browns supporters overwhelmingly wanted to hold on to their long-tenured defensive back. A poll at Dawgs By Nature shows how badly fans wanted the team to keep Haden.