CLEVELAND, Ohio - Just one week after he was claimed by the New Orleans Saints, Wesley College Football alumni Joe Callahan was released by the team and quickly claimed off of waivers by the Cleveland Browns.
The quarterback situation in Cleveland has become incrasingly hazy as the Browns have used six different quarterbacks in seven games this season. Cleveland has had trouble keeping their quarterbacks healthy, losing several of their starters to injury so far this season. The quarterback played against Cleveland this preseason as a member of the Packers. Against the Browns in week one Callahan went 16-for-23 passing with 124 yards and a touchdown.
Cleveland's week one starter Robert Griffin III and second-stringer Josh McCown are both out with significant shoulder injuries, rookie Cody Kessler is still going through the NFL's concussion protocol and free agent signing Charlie Whitehurst went down with a knee injury. Cleveland was forced to turn to Kevin Hogan in their week seven contest, their sixth player to throw a pass this season. Callahan adds to the mix in the Browns' backfield.
Cleveland has been infamous for their lack of continuity at quarterback. Since 1999, the team has trotted out 27 different quarterbacks, by far the most in the NFL over that time span.
According to NFL reporter Mike Garafolo, the Saints found themselves in the same predicament the Packers did a week ago: they wanted desperately to keep Callahan, but needed the roster space to sure up other positions on their depth chart.
According to several reports, multiple teams placed claims on Callahan after he was waived by the Saints. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter and Green Bay Packers beat writer Tom Silverstein reported that he assumed the Packers put in a claim to get Joe back, and confirmed that the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals each put in claims on Callahan the first time he was released and claimed by New Orleans.
The former Wesley College quarterback seems to be quite the hot commodity in the NFL. He will be in Cleveland this weekend as the Browns host the New York Jets.