The drama around the Cleveland Browns questionable quarterback situation could be heating up, and fast.
Unsure about the health of quarterback Kelly Holcomb following shoulder surgery and with unresolved questions surrounding the status of Tim Couch, the Browns quarterback situation is currently a muddled one.
Information from team sources indicate the organization, including recently added advisor Ron Wolf, question the team's overall offensive talent. Following a disappointing 5-11 record in the 2003 season, the Browns are expected to be diligent in their pursuit of play-making personnel - what head coach Butch Davis called "impact players" during a recent press conference.
Seeking to rectify the problems which hampered the team on the offensive side of the ball, the organization has spoken with the Houston Texans regarding quarterback Drew Henson and has shown an interest in quarterback Patrick Ramsey of the Washington Redskins.
Another quarterback - and perhaps the best fit for the organization - may be available to the Browns.
Calls to representatives for Brooks, the New Orleans Saints, and Cleveland Browns have not been returned.
Ironically, it was Ron Wolf that headed-up the Green Bay front office and selected Brooks in the 1999 draft. Brooks was a fourth-round draft choice out of Virginia for the Packers. Brooks was dealt by the Packers to New Orleans for linebacker K.D. Williams and a third-round draft selection prior to the 2000 season.
Capitalizing on the opportunity in New Orleans after a season ending injury to Jeff Blake in 2000, Brooks has become one of the most dynamic players at the quarterback position.
The Browns are seeking play-makers to work within an aggressive offensive attack and are looking to get the ball down-field more often. The strong-armed Brooks appears to fit the new Browns offensive philosophy under Terry Robiskie.
While Brooks would be an interesting fit in Cleveland, his availability is problematic. The Saints quarterback had perhaps his best year last year, and one of the best years for a quarterback in Saints history. He is in the third year of a six year contract, which pays him nearly $6 million per year. Most importantly, however, the Saints would have to absorb a $7.9 million salary cap hit if Brooks were cut or dealt.
For these reasons, we have some skepticism that anything would happen with Brooks and the Browns. Perhaps he's just up here to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Browns weight room. As stated above, we have no confirmation from the Browns that they are talking to him, or from the Saints that Brooks is on the market.
But we've been told that Brooks was believed to be headed up to Cleveland yesterday, and, unless our sources wish us to protect the information, we always let you in on What We've Been Told...