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Holmgren says the Browns are open for business

Mike Holmgren, Eric Mangini AP

There are a lot of teams in the top ten of the draft that want to trade down.  The question is whether anyone wants to trade up, or whether a player like Blaine Gabbert will simply slide down to a patient and quarterback-hungry team like Tennessee.

Mike Holmgren of the Browns, picking at No. 6,  is one of the decision makers in the top ten that is making it clear they are open for business.

“We are talking to people about trading. I am not going into any more detail than that,” Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Tuesday.  “But the deal has to be right.  It has to make absolute sense to us, otherwise we take the player. I know we need other things, but we just take the player.”

We think it will be tough for Holmgren to get anyone to bite.  If the Browns stay where they are, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain-Dealer thinks she has the inside track on who the Browns will take.

She lists their top six candidates as  Marcell Dareus, Von Miller, Patrick Peterson, A.J. Green, Prince Amukamara and Tyron Smith, essentially in that order.

Based on that list, they would probably take who is left between Peterson and Green.  If both those players are gone, Amukamara could be the pick and mess up a lot of mock drafts.

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22 Responses to “Holmgren says the Browns are open for business”
  1. mattyc says: Apr 28, 2011 8:16 AM

    Don’t poo your pants if Tyron Smith is the pick. RT is a big need for the Browns. This FO believes in building the OL for the offense to succeed. Tyron Smith is very high on their board. I personally have them moving to 11, also getting Amobi Okoye & #42, taking Julio Jones @ 11. Tyron Smith will be the pick if Dallas goes JJ Watt.

    Washington will move up to #5 to get Blaine Gabbert, giving the Cardinals #41 & Donovan McNabb. Arizona takes Robert Quinn @ 10.

  2. donterrelli says: Apr 28, 2011 8:21 AM

    Really. Basically, she lists everyone else in the top 10 other than the QBs. I could have told you that.

  3. dccowboy says: Apr 28, 2011 8:32 AM

    Well gee Mike, so are the rest of the teams it would seem.

    “Washington will move up to #5 to get Blaine Gabbert, giving the Cardinals #41 & Donovan McNabb. Arizona takes Robert Quinn @ 10.”

    ROFL, if the Redskins do that, the Shanahan’s and Allen are officially star students in the ‘Vinnie Cerrato School of Total Franchise Destruction’.

  4. maatopdogg32 says: Apr 28, 2011 8:33 AM

    Look for this spot to be one off the landing spots for the Redskins if Blaine Gabbert gets by the Cards.

  5. dccowboy says: Apr 28, 2011 8:34 AM

    donterrelli says: Apr 28, 2011 8:21 AM

    Really. Basically, she lists everyone else in the top 10 other than the QBs. I could have told you that.

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    Pretty much, although I don’t see Amakamura as a top 10 talent. They aren’t going to get Peterson, Darius or Miller. That means my bet is they either trade out or take AJ Green, who would be a good pick for them.

  6. sneaky1632 says: Apr 28, 2011 8:34 AM

    The ideal situation will alow the Browns to trade back and get Tyrod Smith, otherwise the best CB available.

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 28, 2011 8:37 AM

    And the players say, “We’re not interested in playing for the Cleveland Bleepin’ Browns….”

  8. clintonportisheadd says: Apr 28, 2011 8:40 AM

    According the the legally binding court order, the Browns (and every other team) is open for all business.

    The American Needle case states that every team ” is a substantial, independently owned, and independently managed business.” So the each team can go sign free agents, have OTA’s or whatever. To allow the league to order them not to is a blatant anti-trust violation (as well as contempt of Judge Nelson’s order)

    How’s the opting out of the CBA working out for you these days Roger?

  9. RussianBreadMaker says: Apr 28, 2011 8:41 AM

    Holmgren is a class act. Who is this Hillis fella though?

  10. danimalk82 says: Apr 28, 2011 8:41 AM

    Really Rosenthal? Amid all this confusion on whether free agency should or shouldn’t begin, you’re going to title a post “Holmgren says the Browns are open for business”. I just wasted a minute-and-a-half reading an article on the Browns. I want that minute-and-a-half back!

  11. raythestabber says: Apr 28, 2011 8:51 AM

    @mattyc

    Better not quit your day job, you can’t trade players in the draft this year. And tell me a draft in the past that has had that much movement in the top ten?

  12. snowpea84 says: Apr 28, 2011 8:56 AM

    Yeah, lolls at narrowing it down to all the top rated players that they would conceivably have a shot at.

  13. boothisman says: Apr 28, 2011 9:04 AM

    It’s the Browns, who cares?

  14. brownsfn says: Apr 28, 2011 9:06 AM

    I love that this man is in charge…he knows what he wants and tells you…not like its a military trade secret like the hoodie…

  15. thehaljordanproject says: Apr 28, 2011 10:01 AM

    @ rythestabber

    Actully you can trade players thanks to judge Nelson. The only thing that as of now can be traded are future picks. Still don’t think the Cardinals would want McNabb (as a Philly native I can’t see why anyone would) & don’t think Gabbert is worth a 1rst & 2nd round pick

  16. lbcoach34 says: Apr 28, 2011 10:41 AM

    Smith and Amukamara are smokescreens – Smith is a reach at #6 – and Amukamara is not even a consideration for top 10 – after Peterson the next group of Corners are all even (Smith, Amukamara, Williams, Harris, and Dowling)

  17. dccowboy says: Apr 28, 2011 10:51 AM

    thehaljordanproject says: Apr 28, 2011 10:01 AM

    @ rythestabber

    Actully you can trade players thanks to judge Nelson. The only thing that as of now can be traded are future picks. Still don’t think the Cardinals would want McNabb (as a Philly native I can’t see why anyone would) & don’t think Gabbert is worth a 1rst & 2nd round pick

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    LOL, maybe they’ll try to throw in Haynesworth like they did with the the Philly trade last year. Still think his ‘Beached Whale’ performance against the Eagles was the funniest play I’ve ever seen

  18. thephantomstranger says: Apr 28, 2011 11:11 AM

    I hope the Vikings trade up and get Gabbert. Cleveland would still probably be able to get Amukamara, Julio Jones, or Tyron Smith at 12. Let’s do it!

  19. thefiesty1 says: Apr 28, 2011 11:17 AM

    Might as well. Move on and trade up with Cincy before they get a chance at him (AJ Green) at 4. Mike Brown won’t pay enough for a fourth pick anyway and Cleveland needs him more.

  20. bsmb says: Apr 28, 2011 11:42 AM

    yeah browns shpuld trade down because they already have too many great players on that team

  21. layden18 says: Apr 28, 2011 5:18 PM

    Get a wr so that colt has something 2 throw 2 they need that bad a good qb just nothing at wr

  22. trickbunny says: Apr 28, 2011 6:54 PM

    boothisman says:
    Apr 28, 2011 9:04 AM

    It’s the Browns, who cares?
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    boothisman is leaving another in a long string of dumb comments. Who cares?

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