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Malik Zaire Says He'd Love To Play For The Browns

Malik Zaire dropping back for a pass in his white Notre Dame uniform.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Malik Zaire #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass in the first quarter against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Amid reports that Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold could consider staying in school rather than going to the Browns, one quarterback has embraced that chance: Florida's Malik Zaire.

Unlike Rosen and Darnold, Malik Zaire won't be a first round pick, and more than likely won't be selected at all in the 2018 NFL Draft.

However, he's still open to quarterbacking the Browns, if they'll have him.

The Ohio native tweeted as much on Wednesday afternoon.

A few years ago, Zaire was the extremely promising starting quarterback at Notre Dame, but after going down with injury, he was replaced by current Browns started DeShone Kizer. Ahead of this season, he transferred to Florida with hopes of leading the Gators to a third straight SEC East title under Jim McElwain. Instead, he split time with Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio, playing in just four games, all Florida losses.

The Gators finished a very disappointing 4-8, and McElwain lost his job.

According to 247Sports, there is a possibility that Zaire could be eligible for a sixth year waiver considering his injury history, but it doesn't seem too likely that he'll return to play for new head coach Dan Mullen.