Browns release QBs, Weeden and Campbell

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Moments before introducing their three newest players, the Browns sacked two disappointing quarterbacks.

Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell got dumped 33 minutes apart.

Cleveland’s QB carousel has never spun faster.

Weeden, a former minor league baseball player who couldn’t build on a promising rookie season, was let go Wednesday less than two years after the Browns selected him in the first round with the idea he would solve a position that has haunted the franchise since its expansion return 15 years ago.

Weeden’s run was brief and forgettable.

Campbell’s was even shorter.

Shortly after the Browns sent out a release about Weeden, they emailed a nearly identical one concerning Campbell, who went 1-7 as a starter last season.

Though expected, the moves were somewhat stunning since they trumped the introductions of safety Donte Whitner, linebacker Karlos Dansby and cornerback Isaiah Trufant, free agents who passed physicals and signed free agent contracts as blizzard-like conditions battered the team’s facility in Berea.

There’s always a storm brewing for the Browns, who have started 20 QBs since 1999.

Weeden never panned out, and it wasn’t entirely the first-round draft pick’s fault. He played under two coaches and in two systems in two seasons. After throwing for 3,385 yards as a rookie, he lost his job early last season after he got hurt and Brian Hoyer came off the bench and led the Browns to two victories.

Weeden was re-inserted as the starter when Hoyer suffered a season-ending knee injury, but the 30-year-old lost his job again, this time to Campbell.

Weeden passed for 5,116 yards and went 5-15 as a starter. He also became a target for Cleveland fan abuse, and his release will allow him to start fresh somewhere else.

“First and foremost, the Browns would like to thank Brandon and his agent for being true professionals,” new general manager Ray Farmer said. “The circumstances in which he found himself were not easy for him or the team. After discussions with Brandon and his agent, we’d like to give him the ability to pursue other opportunities.”

The 30-year-old released a statement Wednesday night, thanking the Browns, his teammates “through some tough times and some good ones” and coaches. He left out Cleveland fans, many of whom were tough on him.

“Though this day might be the end of one chapter, I view this as the beginning of another,” Weeden said. “I will grow and develop as a player in the National Football League and I look forward to the next opportunity.”

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