Browns advised to Reunite With Previous Starter as Deshaun Watson’s supporter

Joe Flacco‘s playoff performance may have shut the door on a true QB controversy for the Cleveland Browns this offseason, but addressing the backup quarterback position remains a top priority with free agency less than two months out.

Deshaun Watson continues his recovery from a November surgery to repair a broken bone in his throwing shoulder and has made only six starts in each of his first two seasons with the team. While the Browns fully expect Watson to start the 2024 campaign healthy, the end of their season made starkly clear the value of a feasible No. 2 option under center.

Mary Kay Cabot of on Friday, January 19, suggested one of two paths forward for Cleveland — either a reunion with Flacco or a reunion with Jacoby Brissett, who started 11 games for the franchise to begin the 2022 season while Watson sat out due to a suspension from the NFL.

“Flacco, who turned 39 on Tuesday, saved the Browns’ season, and they’d be open to bringing him back as the backup to Watson if he doesn’t find a chance to start elsewhere. Likewise, Flacco has made it clear he loves it here and would be open to a return,” Cabot wrote. “The Browns might also have a chance to bring back Jacoby Brissett, 31, if he doesn’t get an opportunity to start elsewhere. … He knows the system — although it will likely change with a new coordinator — and is loved by his coaches and teammates, including Watson.”

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