Before long, it sounds like the Cleveland Browns will indeed have an entirely new quarterback room for the 2018 season. After already having dealt QB DeShone Kizer and QB Cody Kessler to the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, the only remaining quarterback on the roster from the 2017 campaign was QB Kevin Hogan.
Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network this morning, Hogan asked the Browns for permission to seek a trade, and the team granted that permission.
#Browns reserve QB Kevin Hogan has requested and received permission for his agent to seek a trade out of Cleveland, I’m told. Hogan started one game last year, but had his best moments coming off the bench against the #Jets (122.4 passer rating).— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 5, 2018
It makes sense from Hogan’s standpoint. The team is not going to put him ahead of QB Tyrod Taylor or QB Drew Stanton, and they’ll also be drafting a quarterback at No. 1 overall. It’s very possible they’ll draft a second quarterback in 2018 too. The Browns tagged Hogan as an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, so he is on a very cheap contract. Based on the vast improvements he made last year in his throwing motion and his running ability, I imagine he’d have higher value than Kessler did.
Still, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Cleveland nets merely a conditional seventh-round pick for Hogan, for whichever team they try to trade him to.