ORLANDO - Cleveland has the fourth overall pick in this spring's draft, and there's speculation the Browns are interested in selecting one of the quarterbacks expected to go early in the first round.
First-year coach Mike Pettine said the team, which has other weaknesses in several areas, is keeping its options open.
"At the fourth pick there are going to be some outstanding players available," Pettine said. "But I also think we are in a position, given where the roster is right now, that if the best player there is a quarterback we're in a position to take him. And if it's not, I think it's a deep enough quarterback class that we could pursue that option later in the draft."
Pettine said there's no pressure to find the quarterback of the future.
"I don't think you want to force it. If that guy's not there at that pick, I don't think you take one and force the issue saying this is the quarterback of the future," Pettine said. "We're doing our homework on all of these guys. We're going to log a lot of miles in the next couple of weeks, and hopefully we can find that quarterback that's going to best serve the Cleveland Browns."
Houston selects first and Jacksonville goes third; both are in search of a long-term solution at the position, too.