Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden said he welcomes the challenge for his starting job that team owner Jimmy Haslam promised during Super Bowl week would be coming this season.

"I expect competition," Weeden told The Associated Press Friday during an appearance at Oklahoma Christian University.

"That's the way professional sports are. Unless you're Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or these guys, you might as well expect for somebody to try to come take your job. That's part of the business. But it's also the fun part. You get to compete and try to be a winner."

Haslam said at the Super Bowl that new coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner "like a lot of what Brandon does, but we're going to have competition at that position, and I think competition makes us all better. We'll see where that competition comes from."

The Browns currently have Weeden, Colt McCoy, Thad Lewis and Josh Johnson on the roster.

But they're expected to acquire a veteran either through trade or free agency; or draft a quarterback; or both. The biggest name QB expected to become available is San Francisco's Alex Smith, who played for Turner in 2006 in San Francisco and praised him during Super Bowl week.