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Browns say they’re not interested in Peyton Manning

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Cross Cleveland off the list of places that could attract Peyton Manning. (If it was ever on the list.)

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said today that the Browns won’t pursue Manning, calling it, “probably not a direction we’re going to go. . . . We will not go crazy in free agency,” per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

That could mean the Browns are confident in Colt McCoy going forward. Or it could mean they’re confident they can draft their quarterback of the future. Or it could mean they think they’re a long way away from being contenders and that adding Manning is a short-term fix for a contender, not a long-term solution for a rebuilding team.

If the Browns want to go the draft route, Heckert’s comments today seemed to hint that trading up to No. 2 and drafting Robert Griffin III isn’t in the cards. Heckert said the Browns like four quarterbacks in this year’s draft: Griffin and Andrew Luck, of course, but also Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill and Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden. They could be thinking about Tannehill at No. 4, or Weeden at No. 22, where the Browns have the Falcons’ first-round pick.

Heckert also said there’s a chance the Browns will trade down from No. 4 to get extra picks, just as they did in trading with the Falcons last year.

Ultimately, Heckert’s job is to put together the kind of team that doesn’t always have a high pick to trade down from. A big part of that will be ensuring the Browns have their franchise quarterback in place. We don’t know who that quarterback will be, but it appears safe to say it will not be Manning.

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59 Responses to “Browns say they’re not interested in Peyton Manning”
  1. armchairqb says: Mar 8, 2012 10:58 AM

    And vice versa.

  2. jcusa514 says: Mar 8, 2012 10:58 AM

    i think the feeling is mutual

  3. trollhammer20 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    OK, so, we’re clearly going to get 32 stories, one from each team, regarding how they feel about getting Manning. What are we up to now, about 9 or 10?

    Browns are a little too deep in the rebuilding process for Manning….wait, let me rephrase that, because in order to “rebuild”, you have to have actually built something in the first place. The Browns are a long-term project, and Peyton doesn’t have the time for that at this point is his career. Both the Browns and Manning would be better served looking elsewhere.

  4. pmoney13 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    Peyton Manning says, “the feeling is mutual.”

  5. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    What a surprise! A story about Peyton Manning!

  6. rayvens says: Mar 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    “Browns say they’re not interested in Peyton Manning”
    Should read “Browns say they’re not interested in winning”

  7. dexterismyhero says: Mar 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    Manning say’s he’s not interested in the Cleveland Browns.

    There, I fixed it for you……………

  8. danny2305 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:01 AM

    Did he mail out his entire draft board and strategy to the other 31 teams too?

  9. bigzant82 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:02 AM

    ugh more losing heckert and holmgren suckkk
    factory of sadness rolls on

  10. fanofbrowns17 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:03 AM

    Here comes all the Browns bashing. Even though everyone knew he wouldn’t end up in Cleveland, probably would’ve been best to say they would keep their options open.

  11. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    So Miami is going to sign Manning, Washington is going to sign Flynn, and Cleveland is going to stay at #4.

    St. Louis: “Wait, what?”

  12. burm61 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    Pick #4 Justin Blackmon.

  13. n0hopeleft says: Mar 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    That’s because they’re taking RG3, and leaving the irrelevant Deadskins with another year of saying, “Yeah, but we did beat the Giants twice last year, so we’re good!”

    Redskins = Irrelevant!

  14. killxswitch says: Mar 8, 2012 11:06 AM

    Better that than to try to get him and fail miserably. Which is obviously what would happen.

  15. pmoney13 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:10 AM

    Going to Cleveland at will is the same thing as volunteering for herpes. senseless and embarrasing.

  16. bigzant82 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:10 AM

    heckert and holmgren suck!!!! ugh we will be losing for years to come it hurts being a browns fan

  17. determineflksmakeit says: Mar 8, 2012 11:11 AM

    This just in…Manning states that he would not allow the Cleveland Browns to pursue him if they decided too.

  18. mmmegatron says: Mar 8, 2012 11:12 AM

    Ya because Peyton is really interested in the Browns. Peyton may be the most valuable player to his team, but going to that death trap will only force him into retirement sooner rather than later. Miami is the best fit for him. They have a top 5 WR, a decent defense and Reggie Bush on third down would be clutch. Not to mention they have the best left tackle in the game to protect his blind side.

  19. pooinyourface says: Mar 8, 2012 11:12 AM

    I just took the Browns to the Super Bowl

  20. asublimeday says: Mar 8, 2012 11:13 AM

    Should’ve never fired mangini

  21. mikebe1 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:13 AM

    haha the browns know they will be rejected so they are saying this.

  22. dk56 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:14 AM

    The Browns are making a pre-emptive face saving statement knowing Manning has absolutly no interest in going there..
    Kind of like when a candidate for a head coaching gig pulls out of the running – knowing that the hiring team is going in another direction..

  23. habsfanatic says: Mar 8, 2012 11:14 AM

    Colt is young, has all the tools and has always been a winner. The Browns could put some serious weapons around him this off-season and I don’t think they would regret not getting RGIII or Manning in the long-run.

  24. rwmilli says: Mar 8, 2012 11:14 AM

    Im not a browns fan but I think this is a smart move….why pick up a 36 year old quarterback when you have holes all over the roster…its easy to sit back and bash them btw..yeah there one of the worst teams, thanks for stating the obvious ^ to all you idiots above. But have faith browns fans, once a few of these younger guys get some experience under their belts they will be scary, look at the lions. FO could definitely improve but they don’t seem to bad, trading down from 4 for some more picks makes a lot of sense for this club as well. Good luck browns, excited to see some relevancy restored to a very decorated franchise.

  25. heyguru1969 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:15 AM

    Gotta love a team that spends 30 year re-building. Peyton really didn’t want your snow, wind and sleet anyway Cleveland.

  26. omystyles says: Mar 8, 2012 11:15 AM

    As a middle aged, slightly over-weight man I would formally like to announce that I am not interested in dating Kate Upton. Ms. Upton please do not attempt to contact me.

  27. mialto says: Mar 8, 2012 11:17 AM

    Whatever happened to “No comment”?

  28. savocabol1 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:19 AM

    Let me start this by saying everyone in the world knows that Manning wouldn’t sign with the Browns……but with that said……..The Browns HAVE NEVER been aggressive in free agency. Ever. The last big name free agent we signed was Charles Rodgers. Before that? Trent Dilfer. There is a reason why we are always picking in the top 5 every year….

    I think the requirements to get a job in a high position in the Browns organization are as follows:

    Trade high picks so you don’t get any playmakers, don’t even think about signing any free agent who is a big name, and hold on to players who wouldn’t make a practice squad on another team for as long as possible.

  29. itwasagoodrun says: Mar 8, 2012 11:21 AM

    Reason is simple:

    Brad Childress

  30. bjtmeyer says: Mar 8, 2012 11:22 AM

    I believe that taking a QB like Manning at this point is a big risk anyways. Who knows how long he will hold up after all of the surgeries he has had on his neck. It’s a given that Peyton wouldnt play in Cleveland,but the Browns are smart to go younger. I would rather see them go after Matt Flynn than Manning.

  31. steviemo says: Mar 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    The dude’s playing poker with St. Louis, plain as day. And doing it well.

    If I’m Cleveland, I keep cutting my offer to the Rams by the day. Washington and Miami will not give up their big picks the next two years to move up to #2 (too many other options available), so Cleveland can wait it out and likely get Griffin at #4. I’d offer them pick 4 and next year’s #2 for the 2nd pick and that’s about it.

  32. ligerqb says: Mar 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    If you don’t want to hear about PM possibly the biggest/best free agent in NFL history then don’t go one a website dedicated to NFL news the day after his release, most people do care!

  33. savocabol1 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:25 AM

    *correction, meant Shaun Rogers not Charles Rodgers

  34. crindal3000 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:26 AM

    Browns are too cheap to get a quality player.

  35. wwwfella says: Mar 8, 2012 11:27 AM

    HE’S SMART!!! they have way to many needs to trade away picks for RG3. They can stand pat and get a top tier rb and wr or trade down and get more picks and fill more holes. Why trade for RG3 when he will be in the same situation as Mccoy. No running game and no one to throw to

  36. pencepost says: Mar 8, 2012 11:27 AM

    Peyton Manning sure has stolen Gregg Williams’ thunder.

  37. 3octaveFart says: Mar 8, 2012 11:29 AM

    “Browns say they’re not interested in Peyton Manning Winning”

  38. andyb053 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:30 AM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Mar 8, 2012 11:04 AM

    That’s because they’re taking RG3, and leaving the irrelevant Deadskins with another year of saying, “Yeah, but we did beat the Giants twice last year, so we’re good!”

    Redskins = Irrelevant!


    Hahaha are you trying to make the case that the Browns are relevant?! I sure hope not.

    If the Skins want RG3 they’ll get him over the Browns. The question is whether they want Manning more (and I hope that answer is NO).

  39. dolphindad says: Mar 8, 2012 11:31 AM

    yeah, and the Cavs wouldn’t be interested in taking LeBron back. sure.

  40. barnold1993 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:34 AM

    Browns are my second team if my eagles were to ever to leave. I go to a lot of browns games. I have tickets to the browns and eagles game this year. He browns drive a hard bargain give them 1-3 years and they will be a play off team. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

  41. fearthebengaltiger says: Mar 8, 2012 11:35 AM

    the browns wanted to come out first w that comment before manning did and ppl would just laugh at clev more than they already do

  42. xpensivewinos says: Mar 8, 2012 11:36 AM

    Rams are still sitting pretty even if the QB market doesn’t materialize the way it appeared a few weeks ago.

    We all know (because it happens every year) that a team or two falls madly in love with a player and they have to have him (no one saw Atlanta trading what they did for Julio Jones). Some team(s) will get major wood for a guy and feel the need to trade up to #2. It just works out that way……

    We’re six weeks away from the draft. Teams have just begun salivating over guys……

  43. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 8, 2012 11:53 AM

    andy, I’m a ‘Skins fan, but you’ve got it backwards. If Cleveland wants RGIII, they’ll get him. If they just offer picks in the same rounds as the ‘Skins are offering, the Rams will trade with them because their picks are earlier in each round. The questions are, how highly do they think of Colt McCoy, and do they plan on pursuing Flynn?

  44. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 8, 2012 12:00 PM

    xpensive, the Rams WON’T be sitting pretty if Flynn and Manning take two teams out of the running for RGIII by signing with teams that otherwise might try to deal for the second pick. Seems to me that it would behoove the Rams to move as quickly as possible once the new league year begins next week to deal the pick before that happens.

  45. brownoholic says: Mar 8, 2012 12:02 PM

    My fellow Browns fans can bash on Holmgren all they want. Just leave Heckert out of it, please . . . And you guys don’t think the Browns’ stable of 2nd, 3rd & 4th string receivers wouldn’t entice Manning??? Or the 3 man (usually) O-Line???

  46. emmac13 says: Mar 8, 2012 12:03 PM

    All this talk of trading up to get RG3 and I bet they do trade down. They end up with Flynn or Kolb if lucky. They need OL, DE, and WR. Many picks are needed. Plus they rather get Barkley next year.

  47. brownoholic says: Mar 8, 2012 12:05 PM

    Oh yeah, and the Browns will either stay at 4 and take Claiborne or trade down . . . They won’t pursue Akili Leaf in any shape or fashion . . .

  48. quittsburghstoolers says: Mar 8, 2012 12:07 PM

    Wise not to.

    They should try to trade up for RG3.

    If they cannot do it then trade out of the #4 pick &
    get more picks to help improve the team more…

  49. upyoursnfu says: Mar 8, 2012 12:09 PM

    Peyton would probably rather play in the CFL than Cleveland

  50. nineroutsider says: Mar 8, 2012 12:09 PM

    At least throw your fans a bone and acted interested. I hate the way that front office operates, what a lifeless franchise. I know Browns fans are dying to defend them though…

  51. tombrookshire says: Mar 8, 2012 12:20 PM

    The are eleven teams in the NFL that can say that they have no interest in Peyton Manning and would be absolutely correct. The Cleveland Browns are NOT one of them.
    The teams set at QB are:
    -St. Louis
    -San Diego
    -New York Giants
    -Green Bay
    21 teams should consider themselves hard in the P. Manning sweepstakes. Can’t understanding anyone standing pat, well, except for the Phila. Eagles football savant Andy Reid, who knows so much more than anyone else.

  52. hiwaymessiah says: Mar 8, 2012 12:23 PM

    The Browns never wanna look at someone good I’m surprised they signed Jackson.

  53. samoanjungle says: Mar 8, 2012 1:13 PM

    Cuz they want RGIII

  54. gmen1987 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:13 PM

    This is why the Browns are the Browns. If you think weak armed consussioned Colt McCoy is going to take you anywhere, I have some prime ocean front property in Cleveland, too.

  55. bradyquinnbiggestnflbust says: Mar 8, 2012 1:13 PM

    Wow look at the redskins fans talking crap about the browns. Yeah you can have manning or rg3 if you want?! You’re right im sure manning would choose your team rather than the browns because hey 23 wins in the past 4 years is leaps and bounds better than our 18. I’m not bashing your team just don’t come on here and talk crap like your team is the patriots. I’m not saying our team is good but neither is yours

  56. chasedawg1965 says: Mar 8, 2012 1:54 PM

    We don’t need or want Manning right now! We need to make a decision on qb and go from there. The front office has gotten us several starters and draft picks in the last draft! Let’s be patient and see what happens this year! I like McCoy I don’t love him! We need a guy under center everybody in brown and orange can fall in love with! True browns fan know its not a one year fix! True browns fan will do what we always do! Wait and be patient!

  57. rexismybff says: Mar 8, 2012 2:14 PM

    The fact that over the past two seasons the Browns haven’t fielded a single NFL-quality wide receiver might make that position a little bit higher priority.

    There is not a single WR on the entire Browns’ staff that could make the game-day roster for ANY of their division rivals – that’s GOT to be a bit of a wakeup call to the passing-game genius that is Mike Holmgren.

  58. mrfrostyj says: Mar 8, 2012 6:55 PM

    Last time Manning played a fall game in Cleveland he had a worse QB rating than Derek Anderson (who played pretty bad himself in that game). Manning is not built for cold weather. ESPECIALLY now. He’s going to an indoor team or a warm weather team.

  59. ruffridin says: Mar 8, 2012 9:18 PM

    Give Colt a year with Blackmon and get quality at the 22nd pick. Colt has a chance to be good and if 2012 doesn’t work then get a QB next year with another high pick…what’s one more year when the Browns have been doing this for a decade already

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