In 2017, the Browns didn’t have a quarterback who’d won a game in the NFL.
In 2018, they likely won’t have a quarterback who’s played a game for the Browns.
Backup Kevin Hogan requested and was granted permission to seek a trade, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram. NFL Network was first to report the news Thursday morning.
General manager John Dorsey has already traded starter DeShone Kizer to the Green Bay Packers and backup Cody Kessler to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hogan started the only game of his two-year career last season, a 33-17 loss at Houston, when rookie Kizer was benched by coach Hue Jackson. Hogan looked overmatched, going 20-for-37 for 140 yards, a touchdown, three interceptions and a 38.1 rating.
Hogan was much better in three games off the bench, finishing the year by completing 46 of 75 passes (61.3) for 517 yards, four touchdowns, five interceptions and a 71.9 rating.
Hogan (6-foot-3, 218 pounds) was a fifth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs out of Stanford in 2016 and was waived before the season. The Browns signed him to the practice squad, then promoted him to the active roster after a string of injuries.
He played in four games as a rookie, including rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown in a loss at Cincinnati. The rushing total is second all time for a Browns quarterback.
If Frank Bauer, Hogan’s agent, can work out a deal, the Browns won’t receive much in return. The Browns got a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019 for Kessler.
Dorsey sent Kizer to the Packers for starting defensive back Damarious Randall, and the teams swapped draft picks in the fourth and fifth rounds.
The Browns are coming off an 0-16 season, just the second in NFL history. Dorsey and Jackson are committed to trying to win as quickly as possible, and changing out the quarterback room was a logical place to start.
Not only did the position need a talent upgrade, the overhaul signals a culture change.
Tyrod Taylor was acquired from the Buffalo Bills and named the starter. Veteran Drew Stanton was signed as a backup.
The next addition will be a rookie, expected to be the No. 1 pick in the draft.
USC’s Sam Darnold is the favorite, but Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield remain in consideration.
Mayfield visited team headquarters Tuesday, Darnold on Wednesday and Rosen on Thursday. Allen and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson are scheduled for next week.
Rosen (6-4, 226) is considered the most natural thrower of the draft prospects. He completed 60.9 percent in three years at UCLA with 59 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
The biggest concern regarding Rosen is durability. He had shoulder surgery in 2016 and suffered two concussions in 2017.