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Report: Browns signing former first-round pick Josh Rosen to one-year deal

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 7/21/2022 Zac Wassink, Yardbarker
Josh Rosen is heading to Cleveland. © Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports Josh Rosen is heading to Cleveland.

It was learned earlier on Thursday that the Cleveland Browns were working out quarterbacks Josh Rosen and A.J. McCarron, among others, but weren't expected to show interest in one-time NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton as the club waits to learn the fate of first-choice signal-caller Deshaun Watson, who may be suspended for part or all of the upcoming season over allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions.

The Browns have chosen their new training-camp arm ahead of the weekend. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Browns are signing Rosen to a one-year contract: 

The Arizona Cardinals originally drafted Rosen No. 10 overall in 2018 but moved on from him after a single season in favor of Kyler Murray. Rosen then failed to find a long-term home with a handful of other organizations and most recently made a few appearances with the Atlanta Falcons during the 2021 campaign. He completed two of 11 passes with two interceptions in those outings. 


Video: Rapoport: Browns signing QB Josh Rosen after workout (NFL)

Backup Jacoby Brissett will become Cleveland's QB1 if Watson receives any ban, and the Browns also have journeyman Joshua Dobbs on their depth chart. There have been conflicting reports on whether or not Cleveland could pursue San Francisco 49ers veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who has seemingly lost his job to 2021 rookie Trey Lance ahead of training-camp practices that get underway next week. 

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