Cleveland Browns first-round pick Brandon Weeden sees his age is an “advantage” as opposed to a long-term concern.
“I use it as an advantage because my body is still fresh,” said Weeden, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “I still have a lot of football left in my tank. … I think it’s really going to help in the locker room.”
As far as his ability is concerned, I can see Weeden having a larger impact that Colt McCoy. He’s a more accurate passer that should be able to provide them with a more productive passing attack in near future. I’m sure what he’s talking about regrading his age helping him in the locker room. He’s still a rookie that will have plenty to learn, so his age will probably be an after thought at that point.
Obviously, you’d like to have a quarterback that’s young than 28, but it’s worth noting that quarterbacks are becoming increasingly effective well in their 30’s. Brees just put together the greatest single season in terms of passing yards at the age of 33, and Tom Brady is still a top-3 quarterback that will be 35 in the next few months. Weeden has a long way to go before he can even feel comfortable about playing football into his thirties, but if he’s as good as the Browns believe, there’s a chance that he could give them 6 or 7 years.