Browns reportedly outbid for Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan

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At some point this offseason, the Browns might want to try an approach that doesn’t call for them to go head-to-head with the Redskins.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, they are now 0-for-3 on that front. We all know about the Redskins coming up with a more compelling trade package for the Rams’ second overall pick which everyone expects will turn into Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Cabot now brings word that two of the guys Griffin will throw to were also on the Browns’ radar screen.

Per the report, Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan were both pursued by the Browns before landing with the Redskins on the first day of free agency. Garcon signed a five-year deal worth $42.5 million with more than $21 million in guaranteed money. Morgan’s deal can also reach five years, but it is voidable after two seasons and comes with $7.5 million in guarantees.

The Browns haven’t shown much sign that they’re spending that kind of money in free agency so it is hard to say just how serious their pursuit of the two wide receivers got before they landed in Washington. The Browns haven’t signed any other free agent wide receivers since missing out on Garcon and Morgan, leaving them with Greg Little, Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi as their top three wideouts.

47 responses to “Browns reportedly outbid for Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan

  1. The Browns clearly need offensive skills positions players. Drafting Blackmon and signing a guy like Cotchery for depth would be a start. Would’ve been nice to see them make a two-headed monster out of MBush and Law Firm. They better hope to have a good draft ti remain viable.

  2. You have to feel for Browns fans, that’s a hell of a fanbase they have there and they just keep getting crapped on.

  3. So does that mean other teams looking for receivers this offseason who probably inquired about these two receivers are 0 for 2 against the redskins this offseason, or just an opportunity to take another shot at the browns? I don’t like our receiving corp, but not as much as overpaying for a #2 and #3 receiver for the next 5 years. (definitely only 2 for Morgan. I could have negotiated that contract.)

  4. The real story will be when Washington gets an underrated player for a value, as opposed to overpaying for an overrated player.

    The Redskins future now rests on the shoulders of one player…RG3. If he fails, it will be the most franchise damaging ‘bust’ in the history of the NFL.

  5. Makes me wonder whether Daniel Snyder has “wink-wink” (under-the-table) deals with these guys?

    …Especially since the Redskins and Cowboys are dealing with league cap issues.

  6. With out looking at the schedule, I’m fairly certain the Browns and Skins play in 2012, may as well mark it down now, 0 – 4.

    Just sayin’

  7. When RG3 and Garçon turn the Redskins into perennial contenders, no one’s going to be talking about giving up too many draft picks or overpaying for a WR.

  8. Don’t ever go up against Dannyboy in matters of money. That’s one thing he’s not afraid to do. I’m just glad he seems to be letting someone else tell him who to spend it on now-a-days.

  9. That is extremely funny….Even if false, this had to be reported….It is like they sniff out what we want and then they come in and lowball…Buncha cheapskates on the Browns!

  10. Redskins are one of the worst organizations in football. If overpaying for mediocre talent doesn’t work the first 20 times, try again. 😉 At least they are overpaying for younger talent this season, instead of the washed up players they have in the past. Bruce Smith, Prime Time, and Haynsworth to name a few. In my opinion Greg Little is a much better talent than Garcon and they don’t have to give him Desean Jackson money for his services. If I were the browns I would do whatever I have to do to make sure Matt Barkley is on their roster in 2013.

  11. That’s why the Browns will continue to be a bottom feeder. Offense is so vanilla and they didn’t add any weapons for a poor excuse of a QB. They better grab Tannehill to get some competition at QB, McCoy is horrible.

  12. Josh Morgan and Garçon are nothing to get excited over but the skins need the depth. Overall just shows the browns are not trying enough. Don’t buy holmgrens excuses! He wanted RG3! Hopefully garçon can continue to develop. Scared he reached his peak last year.

    HTTR!!!

  13. “hahaha the redskins FO keeps swindling the brown’s FO.

    Browns batting a nothin against the skins!!!”

    Are you sure that’s worth bragging about?

  14. You don’t ever need big name offensive skills players. You can coach to a precise offense.

    Defense is another story, but offense doesnt require blue chippers. Just precise execution.

  15. redskins way overpaid for both those receivers so the browns probably did themselves a favor by not getting into a bidding war…i’m not sure they pass on richardson when they draft as he looks like he’ll be the next adrian peterson and they need a big time running back to replace hillis

  16. Browns are 3-0 against the Skins in not getting suckered into overpaying free agents when a cap comes into play.

  17. The Browns haven’t signed any other free agent wide receivers since missing out on Garcon and Morgan, leaving them with Greg Little, Josh Cribbs and Mohamed Massaquoi as their top three wideouts.
    ——–
    Don’t you mean Julio Jones is their top WR? Oh wait… they took the conservative route again and traded that pick away. My bad.

  18. I’m so shocked that the Bengals didn’t even pursue any wideout to play across from AJ Green. Garcon would have been great playing across Green. And they have so much cap space they could have signed so many different targets.

    But no, GM barely does anything in FA and says he’s “jacked”
    About it.

  19. As a Browns fan, I generally agree that the team is wise to not overpay for free agents, but at the same time, just look at our receiving corps. It’s probably the worst in the league. It needs help, and if that means overpaying a guy now and then, maybe they ought to consider it, especially since the alternative is to stick with a receiving corps comprised of Larry, Curly and Moe.

  20. Are you sure that’s worth bragging about?

    ——

    Why else would I say that?

    It shows that the Browns aren’t aggressive.

    I base this argument off of the deontological theory. This theory states that no matter the outcome, the only decision that is judged is whether or not the morality of an action is based off of a value or set of principles.

    In this case, the Redskins believe that these players will help elevate the Redskins offense into dynamic proportions along with RGIII. When they see players they want, they do whatever it takes to get them. Sure in the end, it may not work out, but it’s the idea that they take chances.

    The Browns do no such thing. Which is why their fans are never excited, and their team is no good.

    Droppin knowledge!!!!

  21. Why is it no matter what move the Skins make those who are not fans never think its a good move…Everyone has pretty much stated RGIII is a can’t miss and possibly and better prospect than Luck, but yet the haters still say the Skins will be no good, but yet if some other team had made these same moves they would be getting good responses to these moves…

  22. I love how this is getting Skins fans all pumped, at least you guys won at something right?

    Because BOTH franchises are JOKES

    Loser beats Loser, big deal

  23. When are teams going to figure out that Holmgren is hideous as a talent evaluator and GM? Maybe Cleveland should have asked Seattle, who are still trying to get out of the hole that walrus clown dug for them.

  24. As a Browns fan, I’m tempted to just say f*** it, let’s just understand right now up front that this year is not going to be a winner.

    And let’s add Mo Claiborne and big time OLB to round out what’s already a top 10 defense.

    Leave the offense to next year, and hope that McCoy and Little grow into some kind of chemistry.

    We’ve lost so many offseason battles so far, it’s hard to stay optimistic about anything other than the D.

  25. you always “over-pay” for FA’s – they’re free for a reason…but, only teams on the brink of success are wise to do it – which neither of these teams are.

  26. I might, and I stress might, be upset over not getting Josh Morgan at $7.5 million for 2 seasons. But the Redskins waaaay overpaid for Garcon and only time will tell if the RGIII deal was good or not. Let’s face it – at best, RGIII has a 50/50 chance of panning out to be a serviceable NFL QB. That’s a lot of your team’s future to gamble on one player.

  27. Why is this even news? The Browns have said the last two years they will build through the draft. They made an offer in case it worked out and you admit in the last paragraph that it may not have been a serious pursuit. You’re really stretching for story lines.

    @deathtoromo:
    Holmgren is the President, Tom Heckert is the GM who evaluates talent for the Browns. Good job making a whole post based on that inaccuracy.

  28. The Clowns just seem to not want to win. They Had Hillis but wouldn’t pay him last year and lost him. They had the same chance at FA players as everyone else but won’t pay. I wonder what their going to do when they have to meet the mandatory cap spending. Maybe pull Sapp out of retirement:-)

  29. @dawgtown86:
    You don’t really believe that Heckert is really making the personell moves do you?? Everyone knows the walrus is a control freak. That’s why he was booted out of Seattle.

  30. @deathtoromo
    You don’t really believe that being clueless about the most basic structure of the Browns organization is helping anyone take you seriously right now do you?

    We get it, you have a strong personal bias against Mike Holmgren.

  31. “Why else would I say that?

    It shows that the Browns aren’t aggressive.

    I base this argument off of the deontological theory. This theory states that no matter the outcome, the only decision that is judged is whether or not the morality of an action is based off of a value or set of principles.

    In this case, the Redskins believe that these players will help elevate the Redskins offense into dynamic proportions along with RGIII. When they see players they want, they do whatever it takes to get them. Sure in the end, it may not work out, but it’s the idea that they take chances.”

    Really?

    So any decision, no matter how desperate or reckless is justified by the fact that you “take chances?”

    Sounds like the guy who takes his paycheck to the casino to try to double his money. It may work once in awhile, but is not a sound strategy for retirement.

    Horrible logic, and so far has not worked out well for the Skins (see Haynesworth).

    I’ll take the steady, managed approach any day.

    Good luck with RG three ones-and-a-two…

    And PFT, I have NO IDEA why you repeatedly delete this post.

  32. Browns are smart for not overpaying for FA. That’s not how you build a winner.

    —————————————————-
    Really? I thought you had to get good players to be a winner. You can do this via draft or free agency. The skins were guilty of obtaining older players who were on the down side of their careers. Also they were selecting players who based their careers on the Big Contract.

    Look at the stats. Garcon played like a number 1 receiver last year, even with the scrubbs throwing to him. The skins could have gambled as the Browns did and low-balled Garcon. Would that be smart when you know you’ll need weapons for your new franchise qb.

    By the way, the skins are building through the draft also- see 2010 and 2011.

  33. it might look like the browns lost out but i would call it a win. both garcon and morgan got bloated contracts and wont play near their expected level.

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