Remember those years in which we would chuckle at the likes of Seattle, Tennessee, and Indianapolis because they had to live with Charlie Whitehurst as their backup quarterback? Well, now the Browns are that team. Late Monday night, Whitehurst’s representatives tweeted that he is heading to Cleveland.
Whitehurst will be the backup quarterback this week when rookie Cody Kessler makes his debut against the Miami Dolphins. The team opted to go with a veteran presence rather than promoting fellow rookie Kevin Hogan from the practice squad.
Unless Cleveland placed Josh McCown on injured reserve — which would seem unlikely, unless he’s expected to miss a good portion of the season — they’ll have to make a corresponding roster move. That could involve them waiving one of the many defensive linemen on the roster, or one of the two defensive backs they claimed off waivers but have had inactive over the first two weeks of the season.
Whitehurst's most serious stint in the NFL came in 2014 with the Titans, when he played in 7 games, making 5 starts. He completed 56.8% of his passes that year with 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was originally a third round pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2006.