Cleveland Browns ship Kevin Hogan to Washington, complete 2017 QB room cleanse

April 7, 2018

The Browns now have the same number of quarterbacks left on their roster who attempted a pass last season as 2017 wins.

New GM John Dorsey traded QB Kevin Hogan to Washington in exchange for a sixth-round pick Friday, per multiple reports. Hogan becomes the last of three holdover Browns quarterbacks to get dealt this offseason.

Dorsey moved DeShone Kizer, the 2017 second-rounder who easily led the NFL in turnovers during his rookie season, to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for new starting FS Damarious Randall. Next, Dorsey shipped Cody Kessler, the 2016 third-rounder who accumulated a surprisingly respectable 92.3 passer rating while starting eight games as a rookie, to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional seventh-rounder.

Finally, Hogan, who was originally selected in the fifth round by the Kansas City Chiefs two years ago, was sent to Washington, along with the 205th overall pick, for selection No. 188.

The Browns acquired Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills last month for the first pick in Round Three, and lame duck coach Hue Jackson — assuming Dorsey doesn’t trade him next — quickly declared Taylor as Cleveland’s 2018 starter. But Taylor’s awfully lonely at the moment. That surely will change in less than three weeks, when the Browns almost assuredly will spend the first overall pick in the draft on one of the following prospects — Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen or Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

Does Dorsey’s complete cleansing of Cleveland’s QB room send some type of message? Perhaps. But those suggesting it signals a reaffirmation of Jackson because Sashi Brown didn’t give the coach who’s gone 1-31 over the past two seasons a quarterback with whom he could legitimately compete are reaching. It’s more likely that football guy Dorsey wants his own football guys, not Brown’s nor Jackson’s.

As for Washington’s side of the deal, Hogan would possibly compete with Colt McCoy for the QB2 role, though it’s more likely that Jay Gruden and Co. simply saw an opportunity to add an athletic 25-year-old (McCoy soon turns 32) who’s familiar with new starter Alex Smith and the system the team employs.

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