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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has spoken out against the idea of signing former San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
Haslam’s comments come after Rivers and the Chargers parted ways on Thursday, leaving the team with only a backup quarterback in Philip Rivers and former Browns wide receiver Keenan Allen.
Rivers, who has thrown three touchdown passes this season, said in a video on Thursday he would be open to re-signing with the Browns.
But, Haslam, who was in New York for the Super Bowl, suggested the team should not have a quarterback with his reputation.
“We should get somebody who is a proven winner and proven winner’s record,” Haslam said.
“And the truth of the matter is, we’re getting the third-string guy in Rivers.”
Rivers said he will talk to Haslam about the situation and will wait to see what he decides before making any final decisions.
He also said he was “extremely” surprised the Browns parted ways with Rivers.
“I thought that they would have kept him for the long haul,” Rivers said.
The Chargers fired Rivers in December after a 1-7 season, and the Browns replaced him with Colt McCoy.
Rivers has made a career out of throwing interceptions and has been one of the league’s best quarterbacks in recent years.
But Rivers has struggled mightily since being traded to the Browns in the offseason, and his numbers have dropped to a career-low .326 during the past two seasons.
Rivers said on Thursday that he did not have any hard feelings toward the Browns for parting ways with him.
“Absolutely not,” he said.