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At last minute, Browns tried and failed to trade for Rams’ pick

Griffin III of Baylor University looks for a receiver during NCAA football game against Huskies in San Antonio Reuters

Although the Browns tried to avoid publicly tipping their hand about trading up to the second overall pick, they were interested: And they attempted to work a deal out with the Rams on Friday night, only to have the Redskins beat them to the punch.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that before the Redskins-Rams deal was reported, the Browns tried to make a last-minute push to acquire the Rams’ No. 2 overall pick for themselves. But the Browns weren’t able to get it done.

The fact that the Browns were in the mix indicates that they do have an interest in drafting someone to push Colt McCoy aside and become the franchise quarterback. The only question, now that we know they won’t get Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, is whether the Browns are still looking to draft a quarterback.

If they are, their focus would then be on Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur talked up Tannehill recently, and if the Browns like Tannehill as much as Shurmur suggested they do, they could take him with the fourth overall pick.

The Browns may also decide to take care of the quarterback position before the draft by signing a free agent. They’re not in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, but Matt Flynn is a possibility.

Or the Browns could be ready and willing to give McCoy another year. All we know for sure is they won’t be drafting Griffin, after the Redskins beat them to him.

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98 Responses to “At last minute, Browns tried and failed to trade for Rams’ pick”
  1. FinFan68 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:03 AM

    Barkley, next year

  2. skinspop102 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:05 AM

    I wonder if that was before or after the rumors started breaking about the Skins deal.

  3. The Unlikely Expat says: Mar 10, 2012 7:08 AM

    The Browns have needs all over the board, not just at quarterback. It would be wasteful to give up the four high draft picks that the Redskins did just to get RG3. Build the rest of the team up first. Does no one remember Mike Ditka and the Ricky Williams Draft?It can never be good to trade that much of your teams’ future away.

  4. downslide33 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:08 AM

    Shouldnt Matt Moore be an option for Cleveland?

    He wouldnt cost them any draft picks and wouldnt kill their salary cap.

    With their draft picks Cleveland should be able to build a solid team around him also.

  5. emmac13 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:11 AM

    They will try to sign Flynn for the right price. Otherwise its Tannehill and Colt is the starter.

  6. spellingcopfather says: Mar 10, 2012 7:11 AM

    Giants & Redskins, now will have to deal with Vick legs & soon RG3, good luck to them on that!!!

  7. lombardihero says: Mar 10, 2012 7:13 AM

    I agree there is Flynn or Barkley next year.

    Only time will tell but to me I think the Skins did the Browns a huge favor…..

  8. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 10, 2012 7:14 AM

    “Mr. groenke, Dan Snyder on the phone”
    “Okay. Hello?”
    “Allow me to give you an offer you can’t refuse”

  9. joetoronto says: Mar 10, 2012 7:15 AM

    You have to feel for Browns fans, God knows they deserve better.

  10. wwwmattcom says: Mar 10, 2012 7:18 AM

    If the rams were smart they should start getting multiple picks for their multiple first round picks. Someday they won’t be able to afford a team full of former first rounders and they need help in a few areas. Maybe trade for a defensive coordinator.

  11. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Mar 10, 2012 7:22 AM

    GOOD. There’s no sense in a team that tries to build almost completely through the draft giving up all their draft picks.

    Dealing for this pick would have cut the arms and legs off the franchise. And I look forward to Shanny declaring “It’s only a flesh wound.”

    I’m not huge (or big… or really even medium) on Flynn, but maybe a one or two year insentive-laced contract where he could prove himself as a starter would make more sense.

  12. waltdawg says: Mar 10, 2012 7:25 AM

    Cleveland trying to out Snyder the SKINS? YEAH RIGHT

  13. emaimo80 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:26 AM

    downslide33 | Mar 10, 2012, 7:08 AM EST
    Shouldnt Matt Moore be an option for Cleveland?
    He wouldnt cost them any draft picks and wouldnt kill their salary cap.

    Sorry bud, Matt Moore is employed by the dolphins, he is the best qb besides Chad Pennington to play for the Dolphins since Dan Marino. Dolphins aren’t ready to give up on him after a better than average (6-3) audition after they started out 0-7 without him. He is the arguably the best insurance at qb that a team can have if things don’t work out with the Manning/Flynn ordeal.

  14. acinsd says: Mar 10, 2012 7:28 AM

    Barkley next year means a 2-14 season or needing to trade a ton to move up and get him. Isn’t everyone getting sick of 2-5 win seasons?!

  15. mymanmccoy says: Mar 10, 2012 7:30 AM

    All I can say as a Browns fan is Thank-You redskins! We do have alot of holes to fill and I did not want to give away our future for someone that played against defenses that were 5 of the worst 25 defenses in college football! I wish the redskins luck, but glad we didn’t pay the price!

  16. ravenmaniacisback says: Mar 10, 2012 7:34 AM

    WHAT? The Browns fail at something??? That can’t be true…..oh wait we are talking about the Cleveland Browns….that makes sense…nevermind….

  17. sadskinsfan89 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:34 AM

    I wonder if we will see Rg3 and my skins @ the Giants to kick off the season? The nation is gonna wanna watch this kid.

  18. acinsd says: Mar 10, 2012 7:36 AM

    Big time fail by Heckert here. He had the best hand, and waited too long to get in. Most importantly is that he DID try to match the Redskins’ offer, which means they wanted this guy and failed to get him. I still can’t believe the Rams managed to pull this off before free agency when their leverage was about to go down by atleast 1 first rounder.

  19. bhester1906 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:38 AM

    Would rather trade 2 1st rounders and a 2nd for a Heisman QB(Redskins get a 1st rounder in return so one pick is a wash), reach on a 2 yr converted QB, or sign a former backup QB with little stater experience? Thought so… #HTTR

  20. bikeman99 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:38 AM

    Cleveland screwed again, they could have done this deal but were late to the party. Colt McCoy is happy Browns fans have to be mad that their team didn’t get the job done.

  21. clbrwns says: Mar 10, 2012 7:39 AM

    As a long time Browns fan….. Thank you Washington! This entire RG3 deal hasn’t seemed right from day one. I’d rather build a team not just mortgage the future for a QB then have nothing left to build around him. I’m sure RG3 will be good but to be honest, we’re not at a point ready for that move.

    Here’s hoping Manning goes to Arizona and we get Kolb. The other option – I’m being serious – is Jason Campbell. Lets upgrade QB but build out the rest with our draft picks.

  22. jimmer2372 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:39 AM

    Gotta love Browns fans feigning relief . Too funny.

    At least the Browns are dependable if not predictable. Fail.

  23. lolb23 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:44 AM

    All the delusional Browns fans “thanking” the Skins today, when was the last time you had a franchise QB? They don’t just fall off a trees kids.

    I’ll wait.

  24. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Mar 10, 2012 7:45 AM

    As a Browns’ fan, I admit I wanted RG3. Even though its a risk, all indications are he’s going to be a very good and a dynamic player.

    At least this happened early enough in the process for the Browns to come up with a Plan B (Flynn, Tannehill) and set their draft board to fill the many deficiencies that we had to watch every Sunday for the past decade or two.

    Tannehill is too high at #4. At this point, they’ll probably start shopping that pick…

  25. cbass59 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:45 AM

    Well, we now know it was the right move since the browns didn’t do it.

  26. lolb23 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:46 AM

    All I can say as a Browns fan is Thank-You redskins! We do have alot of holes to fill and I did not want to give away our future for someone that played against defenses that were 5 of the worst 25 defenses in college football! I wish the redskins luck, but glad we didn’t pay the price!
    __________________________________

    He played against the same teams your boy Colt did, and he did it a lot better. Mistake by the Lake # 5743607346072360 passing on RG3.

  27. hiwaymessiah says: Mar 10, 2012 7:47 AM

    I didn’t want the Browns to give up their 22nd pick let alone 3 first rounder they have to many holes to fill, sign a good free agent and make Colt battle it out.

  28. rajbais says: Mar 10, 2012 7:47 AM

    Browns are getting Matt Flynn!!!

  29. digitaldonnie says: Mar 10, 2012 7:49 AM

    Seems like only ppl happy with this deal are Skins fans. As a Browns fan I would be pi$$ed if Heckert gave up what the Skins did to grab RG3. WASH situation is very similar to the Browns in that there would/is no talent around this kid. And won’t be for at least two years. Name a team in the last 10 years that won a super bowl isomg free agency to build their team.

  30. capbam says: Mar 10, 2012 7:50 AM

    Akron OH – Browns fan here

    Which owner gave Albert Haynesworth 100 mill? — were now able to fill 3 or 4 holes this year ! Cmooon man

  31. passosvilla says: Mar 10, 2012 7:50 AM

    Great for Rams, doens’t fall too much and earn more picks to build a team. Great for Redskins, who gets MAYBE a franchise QB and great for Browns, still with two first rounds and a good CAP.

    I don’t see anywone losing in this.

  32. emmac13 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:51 AM

    I hope the Browns threaten the Ram to trade back up. Browns move to 6th. But they get the Rams 33rd and maybe even the 39th. Cleveland would have a hand ull of picks in the first two rounds. We can use them.

  33. drop703 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:53 AM

    The Redskins have had two good drafts and free agent periods since Bruce Allen and Shanahan have been in the front office. This is going to be year three of rebuild process. I guarantee you if they don’t make a move like this and end up with Orton and or Grossman and go 6-10 or 7-9 that there wouldn’t of been a year four. They’ve made this decision, now they have to be smart in free agency (again) and have great picks in rounds 3-7 in this years draft. Someone was gonna give the Rams what they wanted and in a QB driven league, especially in divisions like the NFC East after years of losing, you have to have do what’s necessary grab a guy that can lead your franchise. Cleveland jumped into the running because they don’t believe that they have a franchise guy…they still don’t.

  34. dewalt2990 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:53 AM

    Dont they have Jake Delhomme? Oh wait….I forgot…Suh broke him.

  35. ranksarot says: Mar 10, 2012 7:55 AM

    RG3 Should count his blessings he doesn’t have to go to the Browns. That would be as bad as going to Detroit or Kansas City.

  36. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 10, 2012 8:00 AM

    What don’t the Browns fail at?

  37. rip4gehrig says: Mar 10, 2012 8:00 AM

    Cleveland will be happy about this in a 2-3 years when RG3 is a flop, Redskins just set themselves back a long time.

  38. upyoursnfu says: Mar 10, 2012 8:04 AM

    Browns are used to failing

  39. kcc123 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:08 AM

    Im glad the Browns didn’t get this done , but on the other hand what you completely forgot to mention was that no trades can be accepted by the league office until Tuesday at 4:00 . So IF the Browns are high on this guy( and something else) they CAN still out bid the Skins for him. I just really hope they don’t.

  40. nflfollower says: Mar 10, 2012 8:18 AM

    Not a fan of either team, but Browns fans should be thankful their management wasn’t willing to give up as much as Washington. Not because RGIII doesn’t have great potential, but because that was just way, way too much. Build a TEAM, this is the NFL, not the NBA. If you hit with your first rounders the next couple years, you’ll be better off than having RGIII and no surrounding talent.

  41. feartheelf19 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:18 AM

    The Browns made a last minute push but they did the right thing. Now you use the 4th pick and play with the Rams. Possibly trade back to the 6th spot and you look to gain one of their 2nd round picks.

    Everyone wants to jump all over Colt. Give the guy another year, a full season with the play book, a full off season with his teammates and get him some playmakers around him and then only then can you evaluate him…. Plus the D will be better this year and it’s on.

    #InHeckertWeTrust

  42. brownshonk says: Mar 10, 2012 8:19 AM

    Que mediocrity for the browns….. No joke this was too much to pay… But dangit Pedro when do we get out qb!?!?!?

  43. KIR says: Mar 10, 2012 8:21 AM

    I thought you all said the Redskins made a bad trade. Who would you rather be. The Jets with Sanchez the next 5 years or the Redskins giving up 2 first round picks with RGlll the next 5 years? Bwahahahahaha

  44. gibbskins9 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:24 AM

    Skins gave up way to MUCH, still have to many needs

  45. joeinoh says: Mar 10, 2012 8:26 AM

    The price was way too high to just move up two spots. A team with that many holes would be foolish to gamble multiple 1st & 2nd round picks. Stick to the plan. And while DC may have gotten an exciting and a potential starting QB, they surely have put all their eggs in one basket.

  46. coop16 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:27 AM

    As a Browns fan, I echo what the majority of people are saying here — I’m glad the Browns didn’t outbid the Skins. The Skins gave up too much, and if the Browns had given up that much for one unproven player, I’d be incensed. We’ve got too many holes to fill; we can’t be throwing away that many picks.

    As for the Browns’ Plan B now that RG3 isn’t going to be available, there’s Matt Flynn (a better option than many people think). Barring him, there’s Tannehill and Weeden. Don’t scoff at the idea of drafting Weeden, maybe in Round 2. He’s too old to ever become a franchise guy, but he has skills and for a few years he could maybe give us some production at QB, something we haven’t had since Bernie Kosar.

  47. joeinoh says: Mar 10, 2012 8:30 AM

    Like my mamma says, drafted players are like a box of chocolates…

  48. barnold1993 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:31 AM

    If they don’t draft Blackmon I’ll be pissed.

  49. erikinhell says: Mar 10, 2012 8:33 AM

    jimmer2372 says:
    Mar 10, 2012 7:39 AM
    Gotta love Browns fans feigning relief . Too funny.

    ==================================

    You’re kidding, right? I wouldn’t want my team to give up 3 firsts and a high second unless I was 100% sure I was picking 32nd for the next two years.

  50. fearthebengaltiger says: Mar 10, 2012 8:36 AM

    i see an 0-6 afcn conference record for clev this year……i feel bad for their fans.

  51. scottdragosnai says: Mar 10, 2012 8:42 AM

    They must like the kid a ton, he can certainly play.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  52. realbenrush says: Mar 10, 2012 8:43 AM

    The Saints comparison has no place in this trade.

    When you look at how desperate the team has been for a franchise Quarterback for the last 20 years, you simply cannot put a price on it.

    Drafting a QB can change a team, drafting a running back cannot. (See: Cam Newton). And if that QB can’t change the team’s record, he sure can change the attitude and community of the team.

    This was a fantastic trade, for whoever made it, for whatever price. Griffin is a high talent, but a player of even higher character and charisma.

  53. mikgaes says: Mar 10, 2012 8:46 AM

    Mike Holmgren has done nothing in Cleveland. Such a waste.

  54. dolphins4 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:50 AM

    Who in there right mind would want to play in Cleveland.It’s cold and right next to one of the great lakes so they get lots of snow.

  55. therealsmiley says: Mar 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    We had a QB that turned the ball over 20+ times last year. If it wasn’t for our QB play we would have won 5-6 more games. Good move Skins! Hail!

  56. pats54 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    Browns, be thankful. The Redskins saved you from yourselves.

  57. bizmaukee says: Mar 10, 2012 9:01 AM

    That was a high price to pay, but it’s worth cause it’ll make skins relevant and competitive , just look how bad panthers were without cam newton, now there headed in right direction . This is a qb driven league , and you better have a good one. Colt McCoy is garbage , and browns fans should be angry at management for failing to get this done, not pretending to be happy. This is almost as bad as losing lebron , and then acting stupid like Dan Gilbert , the browns will continue to be irrelevant , and the worst franchise in the nfl.

  58. fanofbrowns17 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:03 AM

    glad they didn’t make the trade. Too much for a rookie QB. Browns are closer than people realize. Funny when Ravens fans talk smack about us. The “old Browns” were just three years away from a Super Bowl after leaving Cleveland. All of you who are insulting Browns for not making the move are Monday morning hacks who are clueless. The redskins just mortgaged their franchise on the hopes of one player who isn’t Andrew luck. Not smart.

  59. GG Eden says: Mar 10, 2012 9:05 AM

    Seattle right now might inquire about the Vikings pick lol in case the Browns draft Tannehill #4 — they ‘could’ ‘reach’ for Tannehill at #4 knowing they have another 1st rounder to draft another position of need. So Seattle might have to gun for the #3 pick to ‘reach’ for Tannehill. QBs taken 1, 2, and 3? :D

  60. therealsmiley says: Mar 10, 2012 9:05 AM

    Grossman turned the ball over 26 times last year. Ugggg. Hail!

  61. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:11 AM

    Skins are 45 to 48 million under the cap!!!! Having no talent around RGIII is a temporary condition!!!

  62. brownsfan5505 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:22 AM

    Why in the hell would anyone want to trade 3 first rounders for an unknown???? Id rather have peyton manning in cleveland and have those draft picks. H and H philosophy is to build through the draft so we need those draft picks. We are defintely not losers here. To have potentially one good or great player compared to three good or great players….even if one of those picks are a bust….do the math we need alot of talent.

  63. itsnotforme says: Mar 10, 2012 9:26 AM

    dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:11 AM

    Skins are 45 to 48 million under the cap!!!! Having no talent around RGIII is a temporary condition!!!

    Overpaying for veteran talent has been a condition of the Redskins also.

  64. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 10, 2012 9:27 AM

    In case you haven’t been watching football for the past decade, you need a great QB to win a Super Bowl. RGIII has the potential to be a great QB. Colt McCoy does not. At least the Redskins have the centerpiece to their team now. Worry about the rest of it after that. The Browns, meanwhile, can go back to trading down in drafts, never taking coveted free agents, and being hopeful that they can even reach 8 wins.

    My apologies to the great fans of Cleveland… but you’re front office needs to grow a set.

  65. fanofbrowns17 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:28 AM

    Fearthebengaltiger….oxymoron. No one fears the Bengals, except for their fanbase. Browns doing things the right way. Confident Bengal fan is comedic. Go Browns.

  66. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:28 AM

    RG3 is perfect for Shanahan’s offense, but man that was an insane trade package.

    That’s the Raider way…well the old school Raider way.Chasing greatness. Only problem with that way, is that when you swing for the fence and chase greatness and miss, you fall and you fall hard.

    But RG3 is in the best possible position to succeed. Couldnt have asked to play for a better coach and in a better offense.

  67. akd1287 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:30 AM

    I’m glad the Redskins made the move before the Fecal Matter. The Browns are a terrible organization. It’s revolting to hear or read about them. I’m trying to keep myself from vomiting long enough to finish this post.

  68. fanofbrowns17 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:35 AM

    bizmaukee….Browns fans ARE relieved they didn’t give up three years worth of 1st rd picks gor one unproven QB. Lebron comparison doesn’t make any sense, Browns didn’t lose anyone. We will have three of first 40 picks. We are building and doing it the right way. Wise up.

  69. wvucolumbus says: Mar 10, 2012 9:39 AM

    Typical Browns fans….Out of touch. It’s 2012 not 1987. The rules have changed. The prerequisite for success is a franchise QB. Who cares if you get to the playoffs? Who cares if you get to AFC Championship games? (just ask LaDanian Tomlinson) It’s all about winning titles. It’s about Sticky Lombardis as Coach Tomlin puts it.

    Stockpiling picks for a great linebacker, offensive lineman or cornerback can get you to the playoffs. They don’t win you titles.

    Since the rules for defensive contact, etc. have changed to clearly place an emphasis on passing football here is the list of Super Bowl winning QBs: Brady, Big Ben, Peyton, Eli, Big Ben, Brees, Rodgers, Eli. Who are the top 5-6 QBs in the league? In no particular order, Brady (best ever to play the game), Rodgers, Brees, Eli, Big Ben and Peyton. (Shout Rivers and I’ll puke)

    Next year the Patriots, Packers, Steelers, Giants, or Saints (less likely given distractions) will win the title. Mark it down.

  70. coop16 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:40 AM

    Hey Browns haters, you’re missing the point here. Nobody is saying the Browns are good. I’m a Browns fan, and I’ll tell you flat out, I think the Browns are TERRIBLE right now. The point is, how do you rectify that? Tom Heckert says you rectify it by building through the draft. And that sounds a lot more reasonable than throwing away all of your draft picks for some unproven kid. It also sounds more reasonable than hopping online to talk smack about Browns’ management just because they chose to stick to their plan instead of going crazy like lovestruck teenagers over one player.

  71. donjuan1906 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    As a Browns fan, good for the Redskins – great for US!!!!

    I love RGIII, I think he will be a solid player.

    But our roster is sh*t and we couldn’t afford to give up all that.

    Hell, my dream scenerio would be to trade down with the Patriots and get both of their first round picks and keep our 22nd we got from Atlanta in the Julio Jones trade. But that is wishful thinking.

    If we stick with the #4 – I would like to see Claiborne, Blackmon, or Richardson drafted in that position. I’m hearing Tannehill with the #4 – but he played QB for one year in the Big 12 at A&M, I’ll pass on that!

  72. rabiddawg19 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:42 AM

    folks griffin. hasn’t. played. a down. look at all of the other “franchise” qb’s everyone was sooooo sure were the next montana, elway, etc. calm down with the “he’s a franchise qb, cam newton 2, etc” stuff just yet.

    this just means the skins need to fill their holes through free agency, and we all know that’s never guaranteed either. agree with them pulling the trigger or not, the Browns mission statement is to build through the draft. if that’s the case, why would they give up their main source of talent infusion? the drafting so far has been decent by the browns (decent, not great). bad teams need the draft, good teams need free agency. we’re still a bad team, good move Browns.

  73. lilsumo says: Mar 10, 2012 10:13 AM

    What people have easily forgotten is that the Redskins organization did not have 1st round draft choices for years!!!! From 1969 to 1990, they had a total of 3 first round picks (Monk, May, Green). From ’72 to ’79, they didn’t even have a pick in the the first three rounds (’72 their first pick was in Round 8)! These are arguably the greatest years in the Redskins franchise…..done with a lack of #1 picks and no free agency.

    The sky is not falling if RGIII is a bust. Welcome to DC, Robert Griffin III.

  74. jessethegreat says: Mar 10, 2012 10:15 AM

    I can’t believe that people are mentioning how the Browns can take the wind out of the Rams sails this year.

    The Rams 2 biggest needs are a better offensive line to protect Bradford and a stud WR for him to throw to/grow with. The Browns should be in a position to take 1 of those from them with the Colts set on Luck, Skins with RGIII and the Vikings likely taking Kalil or Blackmon.

    This draft may not have many immediate dividends for the Rams, but that trade with the Redskins has them set very nicely in the next few years.

    Rams need to stick to BPA from here on out. They’re set very nicely….. as long as they don’t panic and trade assets to move up for their “guy”.

  75. evomike06 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:17 AM

    I laugh at the people who say the redskins arent close to being contenders. Shanny knows what he is doing with this team. Yes i agree we gave up to much for RG3 but if this dude is for real its worth it. We lost most games by 1 possession with grossman as QB. We beat the super bowl champs twice convincingly. took the pats and 49ers down to the wire. What makes you think if we can geto-line help and vincent jackson this year and resign fletch we wont be able to be contenders in the NFCE. Don’t forget 9-7 did win the division last year before the Giants went on there lucky streak. Superbowl is out of Question but playoffs surely not. Anything is better then grossman as QB.

  76. jahbird says: Mar 10, 2012 10:20 AM

    LMAO at the Browns fans who dont get it, you just missed out on the future of your franchise.

  77. gking11 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:20 AM

    *Sigh*

    As a Browns fan, I really, really liked RG3 and am pretty disappointed that we can’t get him…

    BUT damn, is that a king’s ransom by the Rams! I may have been high on RG3, but even I balked at the trade terms…I mean, three first-rounders and a second-rounder? Ow. I like RG3, but not that much. Besides, there’s almost always a “franchise quarterback” in the draft every year.

    So, now, if I had to guess, the Browns will sit tight with Colt for a year, but we’ll draft a QB in the later rounds. I’m liking that Brock Osweiler kid…BIG plus a cannon for an arm. Might be a project, but if he pans out, look out NFL.

    On the plus side of the whole RG3 situation for my Browns, at least we don’t have to face him in the AFC North.

  78. dawglbfan says: Mar 10, 2012 10:24 AM

    3 first round draft picks is way too much just to move up several picks in the draft. I’m glad we didn’t make the deal because we wouldn’t have had anybody or picks to surround him with. I don’t know who Griffin is going to throw to and hand the ball off to in Washington but hey you got Griffin right…SUCKERS… I cant believe Shanahan is that despite.

    Justin Blackmon welcome to Cleveland!!!!

    We should stay away from Tannenhill and get Blackmons man Weeden in the 3rd round

  79. realitypolice says: Mar 10, 2012 10:31 AM

    Tannehill @ 4?

    Now THAT would be something that should make Browns fans crazy.

    It’s easy to justify not giving up 3 number 1′s for RGIII, but reaching for this guy at 4 would be inexcusable.

    They need to take whoever is left between Blackmon of Khalil at 4 and then maybe package #22 with something else to get into the teens and take Tannehill, if they are that sold on him.

  80. purplecrowe says: Mar 10, 2012 10:31 AM

    I do not understand the clamoring for Scott Mitchel, er…Kevin Kolb, er…Matt Flynn by Browns (or any teams’) fans. Not enough of a track record there to make such a commitment, but good luck with all that…

  81. couchbasher says: Mar 10, 2012 10:32 AM

    what IF RG3 doesn’t want to go to the Redskins and falls to the Browns?

    OR- Skins get Manning and trade the #2 to Cleveland?

  82. mrslay1 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:36 AM

    This is so funny watching these fool slobbering over griffin. He will sell tickets in DC, but not because he is a great anything but mouth. Certain types of people like that and it’s not to hard to figure out who.

  83. ham1 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:47 AM

    “fanofbrowns17 says:
    Mar 10, 2012 9:03 AM
    glad they didn’t make the trade. Too much for a rookie QB. Browns are closer than people realize. Funny when Ravens fans talk smack about us. The “old Browns” were just three years away from a Super Bowl after leaving Cleveland. All of you who are insulting Browns for not making the move are Monday morning hacks who are clueless. The redskins just mortgaged their franchise on the hopes of one player who isn’t Andrew luck. Not smart.”

    Are you not a hack right now? I think your just a jaded browns fan. Its understandable.

  84. dawglbfan says: Mar 10, 2012 10:48 AM

    #4=Blackmon or Claiborne, #22= Upshaw or R. Lewis

  85. spytdi says: Mar 10, 2012 11:10 AM

    How about a decent TE or WR for Colt to work with? He’s not that bad, give home assistance and you’ll see. The kid’s a winner.

  86. orakpownd says: Mar 10, 2012 12:21 PM

    Who is he gonna throw it too?
    Who is he gonna hand it off too?

    Well Santana, VJax (when we pay him), Helu, Fred Davis, Chris Cooley…

  87. jimmer2372 says: Mar 10, 2012 12:28 PM

    Failure by both the Browns and the Skins. I didn’t see that coming./sarc

  88. varnbo says: Mar 10, 2012 12:42 PM

    Full disclosure here, yes I’m a Browns fan.

    It’s tough work, but somebody has to do it.

    I was hoping the Browns would acquire Griffin, but I didn’t want them to completely mortgage the future to do it. Unfortunately they got into a bidding war with Snyder, who obviously drove the price up.
    Kind of like arguing with an idiot.

    Griffin’s got great potential obviously, but I believe the price was too high. Nice get by the Rams & the Browns still have 3 picks in the top 37.

  89. roamingabriel says: Mar 10, 2012 12:57 PM

    I don’t hate the Browns, every division needs one team like them.

    The Rams set the price of 3 ones and a two. The Redskins were the ones who bit the bullet and agreed. They want to win and know RGIII will help them do it.

    The Browns have no clue what winning is.

    I see the Skins contending for the division next year…

  90. lbcoach34 says: Mar 10, 2012 1:20 PM

    The price was too steep for CLE. If the deal is not official – why wouldn’t CLE simply match the deal and undercut them. The real winner is STL – and I would say they said here’s what we want to CLE, and they said NO.

    6 top picks in the next 3 years is very very very good.

    WAS better hope that Sanatana Moss can still do it, and Leaonard Hankerson can stay healthy…oh and yes, you do need a good O-line as well.

    CLE has to go with McCoy – and grab Blackmon + Lamar Miller in round 1, and possibly a starting lineman in round 2…or maybe Richardson, + Michael Floyd in round 1, and a LB in round 2…or maybe Morris Claiborne, and Kendall Wright, and a FS in round 2…point is CLE still reaps the benefit of last years Julio trade…

    CLE gained and lost NOTHING. It’s between the Rams and Skins – and it remains to be seen.

  91. enochmh2 says: Mar 10, 2012 2:03 PM

    The days of winning superbowls with Trent Dilfer are gone! Your QB has to be a killer. They gave up a lot but i’d much rather have a franchise qb to build around because you know the type of weapons to get than vice versa

  92. gallogj says: Mar 10, 2012 7:50 PM

    He played against the same teams your boy Colt did, and he did it a lot better. Mistake by the Lake # 5743607346072360 passing on RG3.
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    Colt threw for MORE TD’s and yards than RG3 in college…at a better school So how did he do better? Colt was the winningest QB in NCAA history until last year.

  93. pecosbob says: Mar 10, 2012 9:21 PM

    You guy should take Justin Blackmon at #4 and Brandon Weeden at #22. Get some offense for pete’s sake. Yes, he’s freaking 28, but he would do a better job than anything you guys have fielded for two seasons.

  94. harbingeroftruth says: Mar 10, 2012 9:32 PM

    Way too much to give up for RG3. I would like to see Cleveland get Matt Kalil if the Vikings don’t take him

  95. shadylamp says: Mar 10, 2012 10:23 PM

    Adam Schefter never provides information about his “sources”. This story is completely BS. If the Browns tried to make a deal, it would have been reported way before the skins deal was done. This story conveniently comes out directly after the skins deal was done. I’m not buying it one bit. Stop reporting lies. Fans today are way too well informed to actually believe this garbage reporting. So if you really know the browns made a “last minute” push, then what was the trade offered? Oh wait, you don’t know that much because the fact is, this story is totally fabricated.

  96. GG Eden says: Mar 11, 2012 8:47 AM

    enochmh2 says: Mar 10, 2012 2:03 PM

    The days of winning superbowls with Trent Dilfer are gone! Your QB has to be a killer. They gave up a lot but i’d much rather have a franchise qb to build around because you know the type of weapons to get than vice versa

    —-

    It’s not implausible. The Niners almost got there this year with Alex Smith. The Bears almost did it with Grossman. Every 5 or so years there’ll be a Dilfer-like situation, a team that’s spent a few years building a killer D and OL and hasn’t yet focused on QB, has an aging vet QB or mediocre game-manager stop-gap.

  97. ramfanaz says: Mar 11, 2012 4:29 PM

    emmac13 says:
    Mar 10, 2012 7:51 AM
    I hope the Browns threaten the Ram to trade back up. Browns move to 6th. But they get the Rams 33rd and maybe even the 39th. Cleveland would have a hand ull of picks in the first two rounds. We can use them.

    Why would the Rams do something that stupid? If they wanted to have the 4th pick they would have kept working with the Browns!!! Think about it!

  98. kosarbrowns says: Mar 14, 2012 6:37 PM

    I am a huge Browns fan and I must say our fans for the most part are completely moronic when it comes to the RG3 debate. RG3 would have saved this franchise. You idiot Browns fans need to get a copy of the 2011-12 Indianapolis Colts season and watch it on repeat. They had ALL their WEAPONS (Addai, Garcon, Clark, Wayne, etc) but no QB. You guys need to get it through your heads that a scary QB makes those guys into WEAPONS. RG3 would have made our current players look like studs and RG3 would have landed us free agents studs. The Skins picked up a 3 solid WRs days after picking up RG3. Financially, we would have landed at least 3 Prime Time games with RG3 and not to mention jersey sales. Think about that you Joe Six Packs…Go Cavs!

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