McNabb has nothing left. He was beaten out by mediocre Rex Grossman in Washington and rookie Christian Ponder in Minnesota. In six starts last season, McNabb threw four touchdown passes and lost five times.
McNabb has no value as a backup. Even Eagles coach Andy Reid, who needs a No. 2 passer, isn't touching his former franchise quarterback. Also, if McNabb was such a good mentor, the Vikings wouldn't have cut him in early December.
In his article, Sprow argues that adding McNabb would allow the Browns to bring rookie first-round pick Brandon Weeden along slowly. He also suggests McNabb would play better in Brad Childress' offense, which is familiar to him from his days with the Eagles. His final point is McNabb is an upgrade over Colt McCoy. Here's what Sprow has to say about McNabb and the Browns:
Succession plans are just NFL corporate-speak, a nod to organizational purpose. In reality, another sub-.500 year as Cleveland breaks in yet another new QB could be cause for organizational turnover. McNabb is a buffer. He doesn't need a five-year deal. Bring him in; see if he can play. His upside is a chance to win a little more now while strengthening Weeden's chance to succeed. Really, what do the Browns have to lose?
The answer that keeps coming to mind is what do the Browns have to gain from signing McNabb. Drafting Weeden gives the Browns a chance to start a new era. Adding McNabb would look like a desperate move from this regime's old one.