The Cleveland Browns quarterback situation has been a question mark for ages, and it seems no clearer now than it ever has before. But it could soon be getting better.

Plan A abandoned

The plan — after trading the rights to suddenly red-hot Carson Wentz to the Eagles — was to go with free agent signee Robert Griffin III. Although he looked good in preseason, Griffin was ineffective in the opener (26-12-190-0-1) and suffered a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder. It’s unlikely he’ll be back this year, and his future with the team is in doubt. He is signed for 2017, but with very little guaranteed money.

After Griffin went down, the Browns sent in veteran Josh McCown, who was their primary starter last season. He also suffered a crack in his non-throwing shoulder — although far less serious than Griffin’s — and should miss two to four weeks.

But while McCown recorded better stats (33-20-260-2-2) than Griffin, at 37 years old and with a 18-40 career win-loss record, few see him as a long-term solution at the position. His contract situation is similar to Griffin’s — he’s signed through 2017, but the team would not take a major cap hit if they released him.

Unheralded rookie

So then the Browns were forced to go with their own rookie, third-round pick Cody Kessler. And, to much surprise, he played like a seasoned veteran.

He came within a missed overtime field goal of giving the Browns their first win of the season and recorded decent stats (33-21-244-0-0) against a tough Miami defense.

But while there’s a lot to like about Kessler, there are reasons he was the 93rd guy picked in the draft. He’s short for a quarterback, 6-feet-1, and does not have a plus arm.

That makes him look like a career backup, especially since his home games are in Cleveland, where the winds off Lake Erie can play havoc with less-than-perfect throws.

Pryor takes a turn

Actually, Kessler had some help at quarterback against the Dolphins. Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor took a few snaps, and actually threw the ball fairly well (5-3-35-0-0).

But Pryor has just emerged as a starting wide receiver after years of conversion, and is much more valuable at that position.

In fact, Pryor (who caught eight passes for 144 yards and has been spectacular all season) leads what could become the best receiving group in the entire league. Now that he’s put his 6-feet-5, 233-pound frame and sub-4.4 speed to good use, he’s got star written all over him.

He’s joined by first-round rookie Corey Coleman, who was impressive before getting hurt, and fellow promising youngsters Ricardo Louis, Rashard Higgins and Jordan Payton as well as veteran slot man Andrew Hawkins. The wild card, of course, is Josh Gordon, who was arguably the best receiver in the NFL before his suspensions for repeated marijuana use and is due back for Game 5.

Add to that squad steady tight end Gary Barnridge, a powerful offensive line, a stable set of running backs, a respected coach in Hue Jackson and an improving young defense, and you have a dream scenario for any quarterback.

Wait ’til next year again?

Who that quarterback will be is still in doubt. Griffin, McCown and Kessler are all under contract, but the 2017 draft is even better stocked for passers than 2016’s was. If the Browns lose enough games, they could have their pick of Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer or Miami’s Brad Kaaya.

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