The 2018 NFL Draft is just two weeks away and the Browns (as they perpetually are) are in the market for a quarterback with one of their two top-five draft picks. Finding that franchise signal caller has been one of the Browns biggest issues, 28 quarterbacks have started for the Browns since their return to the NFL since 1999. There’s the infamous jersey a fan has modified each year, but ESPN’s Pat McManamon sent out an even more depressing tweet about the state of the Brown’s franchise:


For those looking to take a trip down memory lane, here is how each of those 28 have fared in Cleveland.

Ty Detmer

How he was acquired: Traded to Cleveland by San Francisco

Starts in Cleveland: 2

Record: 0-2

Detmer actually had the ability to block his trade to the Browns and did so at first before negotiating a seven-year $14 million contract. Brought in to be Tim Couch’s mentor, it was actually Detmer, not Couch, who started the Browns first game in their return to the NFL. He made one other start in Week 17 after Couch went down with a sprained ankle. He would miss the entire 2000 season with a ruptured Achilles before the Browns traded Detmer to Detroit.

Tim Couch

How he was acquired: Drafted first overall in 1999

Starts in Cleveland: 59

Record: 22-37

Couch will forever be considered a bust, but he deserves much more credit than he is given. Cleveland failed to provide adequate protection for him, which caused him to be injured often, but he was the quarterback behind the Browns best season since their return – the 2002 season in which they went 9-7 and made the playoffs for the only time since 1999. Unfortunately, Couch broke his leg in the final game of the season and Kelly Holcomb started the playoff game against the Steelers, which Cleveland led up until the final minute of the game. Couch has the most wins, passing yards and touchdowns since the Browns return and is most recent quarterback to start all 16 games for Cleveland in one season. After being released following the 2003 season, Couch signed with the Packers, but a torn rotator cuff caused the team to release him in the preseason. He would resurface in 2007, signing with the Jaguars, but was again cut in the preseason.


Doug Pederson

How he was acquired: Signed in free agency

Starts in Cleveland: 8

Record: 1-7

Cleveland certainly has a thing for Packers quarterbacks as all three signal callers listed so far have spent some time in Green Bay. Pederson was considering retirement before signing with the Browns after Detmer went down and he started a handful of games after Couch was lost for the season due to a concussion. The current Philadelphia Eagles head coach would win just one game for the Browns in his lone season in Cleveland. He was released after the season and returned to Green Bay.

Spergon Wynn

How he was acquired: Drafted in the sixth round in 2000

Starts in Cleveland: 1

Record: o-1

The last quarterback selected before Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft, Wynn made one start, a 48-0 loss to Jacksonville where he completed just five of 16 passes for 17 yards. He was traded to Minnesota along with Travis Prentice one year later.

Kelly Holcomb

How he was acquired: Signed in free agency in 2001

Starts in Cleveland: 13 (including postseason)

Record: 4-9

Holcomb has the honor of being the only quarterback to start a postseason game in Cleveland since their return to the NFL. Once Peyton Manning’s backup, the Colts released him so that he could follow Bruce Arians to Cleveland after he accepted the Browns offensive coordinator position. Holcomb shined in the postseason, passing for 429 yards and three touchdowns, and would eventually take the starting job from Couch in 2003, but he threw for more interceptions than touchdowns and Jeff Garcia eventually took his job from him. Holcomb would play for three other teams before retiring in 2008.

Jeff Garcia

How he was acquired: Signed in free agency in 2004

Starts in Cleveland: 11

Record: 3-8

Garcia was a household name after making three Pro Bowls with the 49ers, but the low point of his career with with Cleveland. He struggled to stay healthy and in a loss to the Cowboys, had a passer rating of 0.0. On the bright side, he did deliver wins against division rivals Cincinnati and Baltimore. He would be released after just one year and after spending some time in limbo he would make another Pro Bowl in 2007.

Luke McCown

How he was acquired: Drafted in the fourth round in 2004

Starts in Cleveland: 4

Record: 0-4

Both McCown brothers would start for the Browns with Luke getting the first crack as a rookie. He completed less than half of his passes and threw for just four touchdowns along with seven interceptions during that span. He would be traded to Tampa Bay the following offseason. Never in consideration to be a starter, McCown carved out a long career as a backup before hanging up his cleats in 2015.

Trent Dilfer

How he was acquired: Traded from Seattle in 2005

Starts in Cleveland: 11

Record: 4-7

The idea for Cleveland was to bring a Super Bowl-winning quarterback to mentor rookie Charlie Frye. Dilfer was named the starter for the 2005 season, but disputes with offensive coordinator Maurice Charton spoiled his relationship with the Browns and he wanted out immediately. He would last just one season before being traded to San Francisco.

Charlie Frye

How he was acquired: Third round draft pick in 2005

Starts in Cleveland: 19

Record: 6-13

While the plan was for Frye to sit behind Dilfer for a year, he wound up starting five games for Cleveland once the season was lost, going 2-3 in the process. He would be named the starting quarterback one year later, but struggled, tossing 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while Derek Anderson made three starts. Frye would be named the starting quarterback again in 2007 beating out Anderson and rookie first round draft pick Brady Quinn, but after struggling tremendously against Pittsburgh in Week 1, he was benched in favor of Anderson at halftime and wouldn’t see the field for Cleveland again. After the game, he was shipped to Seattle for a sixth-round draft pick.

Derek Anderson

How he was acquired: Claimed off of waivers in 2005

Starts in Cleveland: 34

Record: 16-18

Anderson first saw action in 2006 when he spelled Frye once he was injured. In the opening game of the 2007 season, it was Anderson, not rookie first rounder Brady Quinn who would replace Frye at halftime and he didn’t look back, starting the remaining 15 games and leading the Browns to a surprise 10-6 season and narrowly missing the playoffs in what is their most recent winning season. Anderson would fall back to earth in 2008, he went 3-7 as a starter in 2008 and completed just two passes in a 2009 win against Buffalo. Cleveland let Anderson walk in free agency and he would sign with Arizona and Carolina afterwards. He is currently a free agent.

Brady Quinn

How he was acquired: Drafted in the first round in 2007

Starts in Cleveland: 12

Record: 3-9

Two quarterbacks were taken in the first round in 2007 and both flopped, though Quinn’s lack of success was not up to the level of JaMarcus Russell. Quinn would ride the bench in favor of Anderson in his rookie season and didn’t make an official start until midway through the 2008 season. He would make three starts and put up pedestrian numbers before a broken pinky took him out for the season. Quinn would open 2009 as the starter, but new head coach Eric Mangini benched him in Week 3 in favor of Anderson. Quinn would regain his job midseason before being placed on injured reserve again, this time with a foot injury, He would be traded to Denver for Peyton Hillis the following offseason and would play for three other teams before his career came to an end. He is now an analyst for Fox Sports.

Ken Dorsey

How he was acquired: Traded by San Francisco in 2006

Starts in Cleveland: 3

Record: 0-3

Dorsey was the signal caller behind those loaded University of Miami teams in the early 2000s, but he couldn’t reach the same level of success at the NFL level. Cleveland would acquire Dorsey in the same trade that sent Dilfer to San Francisco. With Anderson and Quinn both on injured reserve, Dorsey was thrust into the starting role where he completed less than half of his passes in his three starts – all losses. Dorsey himself would also be unable to finish the season due to injury and was ultimately released in the offseason. He would not sign with another NFL team.

Bruce Gradkowski

How he was acquired: Signed in 2008

Starts in Cleveland: 1

Record: 0-1

The fourth quarterback to start for Cleveland in 2008, Gradkowski was signed in December after Anderson was placed on injured reserve and wound up starting the final game of the year after Dorsey went down. He would complete just five of 16 passes for 18 yards as the Browns were mercilessly beaten 31-0. He was waived the following offseason.

Jake Delhomme

How he was acquired: Signed in 2010

Starts in Cleveland: 4

Record: 2-2

Delhomme has a great run with Carolina, but he was 35 when he signed with Cleveland and was clearly past his prime. He would beat out Seneca Wallace in training camp for the starting quarterback gig, but an ankle injury took him out after Week 1. He would make three more starts for the Browns after Colt McCoy was injured, but only threw two touchdowns against seven interceptions for the year. He was released the following offseason and landed with Houston for a year before retiring.

Seneca Wallace

How he was acquired: Traded by Seattle in 2010

Starts in Cleveland: 7

Record: 1-6

Wallace was traded to Cleveland in a move that reunited him with former Seahawks head coach and then-Browns president Mike Holmgren. He lost the quarterback battle to Delhomme, but took over when an ankle injury forced Delhomme out of the game in Week 1. Wallace would start the next four games before an ankle injury of his own forced him out. He would start three more games in 2011, all of them losses, before Cleveland released him at the end of the 2012 preseason. Wallace would spend the 2013 offseason with New Orleans and San Francisco before finally latching onto the Packers roster.

Colt McCoy

How he was acquired: Drafted in the third round in 2010

Starts in Cleveland: 21

Record: 6-15

Despite a stellar college career, McCoy wasn’t taken until round three due to his small frame. McCoy was drafted as a project player, but after Delhomme and Wallace went down with injuries, McCoy was pushed into the starting role. He had immediate success as a starter, upsetting defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans and stunning the Patriots in back-to-back weeks, but, like Delhomme and Wallace that year, an ankle injury would doom McCoy. He missed three games before returning, but ended the season with just six touchdowns and nine interceptions. McCoy would become the full-time starter in 2011, but went 4-9 in 13 games while averaging just 5.9 yards per attempt. The Browns would draft Brandon Weeden in the first round in 2012, kicking McCoy to the backup role before he was traded to San Francisco. He is currently a backup in Washington.

Brandon Weeden

How he was acquired: Drafted in the first round in 2012

Starts in Cleveland: 20

Record: 5-15

Already 28 when he was drafted, the Browns were hoping that Weeden wouldn’t need to adjust to NFL speed like a typical 21-year-old rookie quarterback would. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case as he was caught often looking like a deer in headlights. He threw what may be the worst interception in NFL history, one of the 26 he threw while in Cleveland. The Browns would select Johnny Manziel two years later and release Weeden. Weeden has bounced around a few teams in the NFL and is currently signed with Houston.

Thaddeus Lewis

How he was acquired: Claimed off waivers in 2011

Starts in Cleveland: 1

Record: 0-1

An undrafted player, Lewis would make his first career NFL start in 2012 for the Browns after injuries to Weeden and McCoy. Facing the No. 1-ranked Steeler defense on the road, he played surprisingly well, completing 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but not good enough as the Browns lost to Pittsburgh 24-10. He would be waived in the offseason and bounced around a few teams over the years. He is now an offensive analyst for UCLA.

Brian Hoyer

How he was acquired: Signed in 2013

Starts in Cleveland: 16

Record: 10-6

Hoyer is the only winning quarterback for the Browns since their return to the NFL in 1999. He went 3-0 after replacing an injured Weeden before going down with a torn ACL and posted a 7-6 record in 2014, though he threw just 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions that season. His struggles led to fans calling for him to be benched in favor of rookie first round pick Johnny Manziel. He would ultimately be benched and not re-signed after his contract expired at the end of the year. Hoyer has since made starts for the Texans, Bears and 49ers before ultimately returning to his original team, New England.

Jason Campbell

How he was acquired: Signed in 2013

Starts in Cleveland: 8

Record: 1-7

Signed to give Weeden a bit of a push, Campbell was actually pushed to third on the depth chart behind Hoyer after a thumb injury forced Weeden out of action. When Hoyer tore his ACL, Campbell became the starter and performed reasonably well to start and even helped the Browns snap an 11-game losing streak in his second start, but it would be his only win of the season as Cleveland dropped their final six games. Cleveland would release him on the same day they released Weeden.

Johnny Manziel

How he was acquired: Drafted in the first round in 2014

Starts in Cleveland: 8

Record: 2-6

A college legend, Johnny Football was a polarizing NFL prospect. While some loved his grit, others were concerned about his size, lack of arm strength and brash personality. Cleveland ultimately took the risk on him and quickly regretted it. He failed to throw a touchdown pass in five appearances as a rookie and while he was marginally better in his second year, he was also an off-field distraction as he was caught on tape partying on numerous occasions. To make matters worse, he tried to hide his partying, posting a picture of him and his dog on Instagram with Ohio geotagged while he was out partying in Las Vegas. In 2016, he entered a rehabilitation facility and has recently announced that he has bipolar disorder. Now sober, he is looking to make a return to the NFL.

Connor Shaw

How he was acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014

Starts in Cleveland: 1

Record: o-1

Shaw spent most of his rookie season on the Browns practice squad, but was called up after injuries to Manziel and Hoyer. He would make his only career NFL appearance in a Week 17 loss to Baltimore where he completed 14 of 28 passes and an interception in the loss. A thumb injury sidelined him for most of 2015 and he was released in 2016. He is now the tight ends coach for Furman University.

Josh McCown

How he was acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015

Starts in Cleveland: 11

Record: 1-1o

Luke’s brother, Josh McCown signed a three-year pact with Cleveland and was immediately elevated to the No. 1 spot on the Browns depth chart. He would start Week 1 against the Jets, but after doing his best John Elway impersonation, he left the game with a concussion, opening the door for Manziel to return. He would go 1-7 as a starter his first year despite playing well, throwing 12 touchdowns to just four interceptions, but he was often hit hard and suffered shoulder and rib injuries during the season. He would remain with the team in 2016, but Robert Griffin III was signed to become the starter. After Griffin suffered his inevitable injury, McCown started Week 2 only to break his collarbone. He would return only to battle Cody Kessler for the starting quarterback gig. When Griffin was back at full health, McCown was demoted to the No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart and inactive for the final five games of the season. He was the Jets starting quarterback in 2017 and re-signed with the team for 2018.

Austin Davis

How he was acquired: Signed in 2015

Starts in Cleveland: 2

Record: 0-2

Davis was signed when the season began and served as No. 3 on the depth chart behind Manziel and McCown, but when McCown went down late in the 2015 season, Cleveland named Davis their starting quarterback over Manziel for the remainder of the season. He lost both of his starts, throwing one touchdown and three interceptions in the process. He was released during the preseason in 2016 and spent last season with the Seahawks.

Robert Griffin III

How he was acquired: Signed in 2016

Starts in Cleveland: 5

Record: 1-4

After flaming out in Washington, former No. 2 overall draft pick Griffin signed with the Browns. Oft-injured, Griffin was injured in his first game and would miss the next 11 games as a result before returning for the final four games of the year. He would toss just two touchdowns in five games and pass for a paltry 6.0 yards per attempt. Cleveland cut him a year later and he spent 2017 out of football. The Ravens signed him this offseason.

Cody Kessler

How he was acquired: Drafted in the third round in 2016

Starts in Cleveland: 8

Record: 0-8

Another developmental quarterback drafted by Cleveland, Kessler was forced tos ee action after injuries to Griffin and McCown. The full playbook wasn’t made available to him as he played it safe in his eight starts, which resulted in a 65.6 completion percentage six touchdowns and two interceptions but also zero wins. Kessler rode the bench in 2017 before being traded to the Jaguars last month.

DeShone Kizer

How he was acquired: Drafted in the second round in 2017

Starts in Cleveland: 15

Record: 0-15

The pariah of the Browns 0-16 campaign, Kizer was pushed into the starting role after acquired him in the second round of the draft. The reality was, just like many of Cleveland quarterbacks who were developmental projects that saw the field too early. After an 0-5 start, Kizer was benched for Kevin Hogan only to return under center a week later. He led the NFL with 22 interceptions thrown, completed just 53.6 percent of his passes and only threw 11 touchdowns. Cleveland traded him to Green Bay last month.

Kevin Hogan

How he was acquired: Drafted in the fifth round in 2016

Starts in Cleveland: 1

Record: 0-1

Hogan made a spot start last season after Hue Jackson benched Kizer and was a disaster, tossing three interceptions and averaging just 3.8 yards per attempt, his passer rating for the game, a loss to Houston, was 38.1. Hogan was traded to Washington last month.

As an added bonus, here are all of the quarterbacks they have missed out on in the draft over the years and in parenthesis, the quarterback they opted for instead:

1999: Donovan McNabb, Daunte Culpepper (Tim Couch)

2000: Tom Brady (Spergon Wynn)

2012: Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles (Brandon Weeden)

2014: Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Teddy Bridgewater (Johnny Manziel)

2016: Dak Prescott (Cody Kessler)

Additionally, they have traded away the draft picks that became Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.