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Jeff Fisher calls Browns a potential draft day trade partner

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After Mike Holmgren blew his stack about the Rams dealing the second overall pick to the Redskins, you wouldn’t think the Browns and Rams would be making any deals this offseason.

Things can change pretty quickly in the NFL, though, and there’s a chance that the teams could make a deal of their own involving first round draft picks. Speaking at the owners meetings on Wednesday, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that he had no hard feelings about Holmgren’s comments and that he sees the Browns’ fourth overall pick as a potential trade target.

“Yeah, I would think so,” Fisher said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I don’t know if we’d consider going that high. Those conversations aren’t going to take place until draft day because your guy’s got to be there. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of compensation they want. We’re very happy with the compensation we’ve got right now over the next couple of years.”

If the Rams did move back up to the fourth pick, it would likely be a bid to get Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Assuming they like him, the Browns could then take Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill with the sixth pick while picking up something extra for their trouble. That whole scenario could get complicated if the Dolphins were to move up for their own shot at Tannehill, but we’ll try to keep the wild speculation about something that will happen a month from now at a minimum.

Fisher said there’s a good chance the Rams will move up or move down from the sixth spot come draft day. He also said that the team fielded trade offers for Sam Bradford. It’s not known if the Browns were one of the bidders, although Pat Shurmur’s history with Bradford suggests that they might have thrown the idea in the Rams’ direction at some point.

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51 Responses to “Jeff Fisher calls Browns a potential draft day trade partner”
  1. mrstinkypants says: Mar 28, 2012 9:24 AM

    Haven’t the Browns learned their lesson with QB’s out of the state of Texas yet? Either way, I feel confident they will trade their # 4 pick to the Patriots so the Pats can go get Trent Richardson.

  2. beckzhere says: Mar 28, 2012 9:26 AM

    WOW!! I can’t believe that they are already considering trading Bradford.

  3. coop16 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:29 AM

    Thanks to previous trades and four compensatory picks, the Browns currently have 13 picks in the upcoming draft. Not sure they need to trade down for MORE picks … how many rookies can be expected to make the team, anyway? I think it’s more likely they’ll bundle some lower picks, say a fourth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, in exchange for a third-rounder.

  4. andycapozello says: Mar 28, 2012 9:30 AM

    I hope the browns say eff off and keep the pick. If rams were really concerned about not getting Blackmon they would have traded the pick with Cleveland the first time but it’s rumored to be an inside job between rams and skins do I’d let rams hang on this one.

  5. clownsfan says: Mar 28, 2012 9:33 AM

    Don’t hold your breath porn ‘stache

  6. toastingpoe says: Mar 28, 2012 9:34 AM

    Interesting although seems to me that Blackmon going at 4 is a little high. Not sure there is much of a gap/any gap between him and guys like Michael Floyd, Stephen Hill and Alshon Jeffery.

  7. schmitty2 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:36 AM

    Both teams would be dumb to do this. Browns have enough draft picks and the Rams would be giving up an additional pick that would further cement that they should have done a deal with Cleveland in the first place.

  8. crumpledstiltskin says: Mar 28, 2012 9:40 AM

    The Browns will not take Tannehill with their first pick.

  9. NoDecaf says: Mar 28, 2012 9:41 AM

    Or maybe they don’t.

  10. joemammy says: Mar 28, 2012 9:44 AM

    I say that the Browns should keep the #4 pick. Let Fisher spend some of those draft picks in a trade with Minnesota for their #3, if he wants Blackmon so bad.

    The Browns are going after Richardson, anyway…

  11. grogantomorganforthe says: Mar 28, 2012 9:49 AM

    @mrstinkypants – The Patriots are NOT going to trade up for Trent Richardson. Especially for the price tag it would require. They used 2nd & 3rd round picks in running backs last year, and they’ll be content to roll the dice with what they have. The idea is not in their nature and ridiculous.

  12. coonsqualler says: Mar 28, 2012 9:51 AM

    Browns will move to 6th and Rams take Blackmon.
    Dolphins will move to 5th with Tampa and take Tannehill.

    Browns still have Claiborne and Richardson to choose from plus pick up a 2nd or 3rd in return.

    Why would you not want that as a Browns fan?

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!!

  13. southpaw77 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:54 AM

    *Here comes captain sarcasm*

    Because what the Browns need is another QB project, while failing to address their gaping hole at WR, RT, and now running back.

    Trade down and let other teams snatch up the talent while the Browns put garbage on the field and go 4-12. Fans won’t dare not come, might move the team again and the rest show up to get drunk and watch losing like Cubs fans.

  14. Manny Gonzalez says: Mar 28, 2012 9:54 AM

    Hey, I remember when the guy was the Def. Coordinator under Buddy Ryan in Philly. Back then it was a porn stache.

  15. cledawg says: Mar 28, 2012 9:55 AM

    So now it’s the Rams that want to move up 2 picks? Interesting.
    Well, lets just see if the Mustaches (Holmgren and Fisher) can work something out. Hopefully the Rams toss us an extra #1 and we ship you guys back Shurmur

  16. pacodawg says: Mar 28, 2012 9:57 AM

    Browns have massaquoi. Expect him to break out this year. He was hampered by injuries last year. He is every bit of blackmon. They will take t rich

  17. itsdaweasel says: Mar 28, 2012 9:59 AM

    “…but we’ll try to keep the wild speculation about something that will happen a month from now at a minimum.” Wow, there’s a first.

  18. civilwarfish says: Mar 28, 2012 10:01 AM

    I don’t believe the Browns intend to take Tannehill at 4, 6 or any other first round level. I believe they have earmarked Richardson, Blackmon or Claibourne, and by dropping to 6 they will get one of those three or on the off chance Kalil remains he would be the pick. I believe Minnesota will indeed take Kalil, the Rams would then take Blackmon, and the Bucs would take either Richardson or Claibourne, leaving the other at 6 for the Browns. Thus 6 is a perfect fit, picking up a hopefully rather high pick as compensation. Another 2 would be wonderful but a 3 would suffice.

    You cannot get enough Draft Picks…especially when you have holes like we do with the Browns.

  19. browns627 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:01 AM

    please please please send bradford to ctown

  20. theandy59 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:03 AM

    Nobody can be certain about what’s going to happen in a given draft, but I’m about as close to certain as you can be that New England WILL NOT trade up to number 4 to select a running back. They’ve been in 5 Super Bowls in 11 years and only once did they employ an elite running back. It’s not necessary to win in today’s NFL – the only thing you need is a credible running threat.

  21. dansnyder says: Mar 28, 2012 10:09 AM

    “coop16 says:
    Mar 28, 2012 9:29 AM
    Thanks to previous trades and four compensatory picks, the Browns currently have 13 picks in the upcoming draft. Not sure they need to trade down for MORE picks … how many rookies can be expected to make the team, anyway? I think it’s more likely they’ll bundle some lower picks, say a fourth-rounder and a seventh-rounder, in exchange for a third-rounder.”
    ——-—————————————————————————-

    Adding a 7th rounder to anything equates to almost nothing. It takes a decently high 4th and a 5th just to get a low third. 4th round is about the last round where teams start to view picks as very valuable. Also don’t neglect that the top of the 4th round can have even more value in future years, trade-wise, because of the recently altered 3 day draft where the 4th round starts the last day of the draft and could still contain guys on teams board ranked fairly high.

  22. farmmbig says: Mar 28, 2012 10:17 AM

    Vikings are heavy on Blackmon now—- They were keying on WR in free agency and whiffed.

    No way the Rams get Blackmon if they think he’ll be there at #4.

  23. savocabol1 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:19 AM

    Any trade with the rams would prove that they should have traded with the Browns in the first place. This is great, maybe the browns can get a future first rounder out of this as well.

  24. wringworm says: Mar 28, 2012 10:21 AM

    Buddy should have punched Fisher in the mouth too… This guy talks out both sides of his @$$ all the time and has to be one of the leagues biggest slimeballs

  25. coop16 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:26 AM

    Saw a mention of Massaquoi … personally, I think he’s in real danger of being cut in training camp. He’s shown NOTHING in 3 seasons. If the Browns draft a first-round receiver (at either #4 or #22), the receiving corps will consist of the first-round guy, Greg Little, Josh Cribbs, Jordan Norwood, Evan Moore, Carlton Mitchell and Massaquoi. Would they carry that many receivers? My guess is that either Mitchell or Massaquoi would be headed to the unemployment line.

  26. ajcardsfan says: Mar 28, 2012 10:27 AM

    I really hope they were kidding about Bradford. I like the guy and I think if we can get him a good receiver in the lineup as well as a patch or two on the O-line he’ll be fine. I’d take Bradford whose proven himself over Tannehill anyday

  27. st1llerz1 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:29 AM

    @pacodawg

    Statements like this is what makes cleveland fans look pituful and delusional.,,,

    ” Browns have massaquoi. Expect him to break out this year. He was hampered by injuries last year. He is every bit of blackmon. They will take t rich”

    Massaquoi has pretty much been a bust ever since checking being drafted. He’s been in the league for 3 seasons and averaged 34 receptions for around 500 yards and 2 touchdowns per year. Quit breathing the fumes from your burning cesspool of a river and check into reality.

    Whatever the clowns do on draft day, you can be certain that their fans will insist that “this is the year we make our move in the AFC North division” and in reality they’ll have f’d the whole process up royally, still be stuck with a noodle-armed 180-pound shrimp at quarterback and finish with 4 or 5 wins.

    Still an expansion team with no clue whatsoever…

    GO STEELERS!

  28. texansmike says: Mar 28, 2012 10:34 AM

    If the Rams move to #4, their target clearly isn’t Blackmon, it’s Richardson.

  29. silverhornet says: Mar 28, 2012 10:36 AM

    I don’t believe anything that comes out of Fisher’s mouth. Did anyone else catch the shot he took at the Browns in this quote?

    “It’ll be interesting to see what kind of compensation they want. We’re very happy with the compensation we’ve got right now over the next couple of years”

    Very happy? You mean the Browns didn’t pony up what you wanted, the Redskins did?? Na na na naaa na…

    Fisher also thinks the world of Jeff Ireland…

  30. errybodybabydaddy says: Mar 28, 2012 10:37 AM

    That’s a serious mustache

  31. acinsd says: Mar 28, 2012 10:41 AM

    The two 6th and two 7th round picks the Browns got as compensation can’t be traded, so they won’t be able to do as much packaging as it would appear on the surface.

  32. barnold1993 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:55 AM

    The browns should they could have 2 first round picks in the first round, 6, 22 and probably the first overal in the second. So picks 6,22,33,37. Not bad.

  33. ballboy48 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:56 AM

    Sure! Tell Fisher it will cost him Bradford and two #1 to move up!

  34. the3taveren says: Mar 28, 2012 11:07 AM

    First, if the Browns are considering a MEGA reach on Tannehill then why not trade back with the Rams. Even if you don’t get good value it is still better to reach for him at #6 then #4.

    Second, if the Browns want Richardson why not roll the dice (a small gamble) and trade down to #6.

    Third, why would the Rams want to move up to #4? If they want Blackmon he will probably slip to #6 and if he doesn’t Claiborne or Richardson would be there!

    Fourth, some draft rules to live by:
    - never take a RB in the top ten (career too short and if you have an OL you can find a RB at your local Kwiki-mart)
    - never take a WR in the top ten and only in the first round if he is extremely special! These are high risk, low reward players.
    - never take a second round QB (yes, I’m talking to you, Tannehill) in the top ten. I don’t care how bad you need him!

    Last, I don’t care what the Rams or Browns do because my Skins are getting RGIII, unless they get “stuck” with Luck :)

  35. fiennapain says: Mar 28, 2012 11:12 AM

    blackmon at 4 m floyd kendal wright or stephen hill at 22 and 6’6 coby fleener at 36 then mccoy blows heckert holmgren and shurmer .everyone except holmgren is first timer and holmgren nrver had that title but they all need to grow together.heckerts done well rookie lineman that took every snap mixed with all pro center worlds best left tackle and up and coming defense with ward back and mitchell gone theyre better already just need those three weapons and hardesty healthy

  36. oldbrowndawg says: Mar 28, 2012 11:14 AM

    Want Blackmon at #4? Fine. Give us BOTH your second rounders (33 and 38). How’s that for ya, Jeff?

  37. deathmonkey41 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:23 AM

    If Goodall decides to award the draft picks taken away from the Saints for Bountygate to the Patriots in an attempt to make his Master Robert Kraft happy, they might package some of them up to get Richardson.

  38. empirework says: Mar 28, 2012 11:28 AM

    pacodawg says:
    Browns have massaquoi. Expect him to break out this year. He was hampered by injuries last year. He is every bit of blackmon. They will take t rich

    Yikes, this comment scares me that you think The Mass is a good player. Cleveland needs to cut him and focus on true receivers like Floyd and Blackmon, as well as Woods next year and get some real talent to help a QB. We don’t need to hope and pray a wr can develop like we’ve done with our QB situation. Cleveland should look into Kirk Cousins in the late 2nd or early 3rd round for QB and try to get Floyd, and Jeffries and a RT in the first two rounds.

  39. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 28, 2012 11:30 AM

    Thats a stupid idea Fish!! Blackman isn’t worth it! Take the best defensive player in the draft! Claiborn and enjoy the stupid amount of 1st round picks you’ll have over the next few years!

  40. malignantsociety says: Mar 28, 2012 11:35 AM

    How stupid would it be if they gave the Browns a second round pick to move up two slots? It would basically negate any advantage they got by choosing the Redskins deal.

  41. cbass59 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:56 AM

    The onlpy time of year the browns are relevant: draft time (b/c of their annual high pick). It’s truely amazing that a team can be so bad for so long. What’s it been 16 years since they were relevant? Still grasping at the 1960s (50+ years ago) and those 5 years in the late 80s as if that means anything.

  42. td40 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:18 PM

    cbass59 says:
    Mar 28, 2012 11:56 AM

    (about the Browns) What’s it been 16 years since they were relevant?
    —————————————————

    I guess it depends on your definition of relevant. They had a 10-6 record 4 seasons ago and the QB was voted into the Pro Bowl. The were in the playoffs 10 seasons ago.

    Both those things happened well under 16 years ago, if you are any good at math.

    And those 5 years in the late 80s? Gee, they only reached the AFC championship game in 3 of those 5 years. I’d say that means a little something, at least.

    Nice try on downplaying everything, though. Spoken like a true hater. Congrats.

  43. awhartstl says: Mar 28, 2012 12:34 PM

    I pray that the Rams front office isn’t this stupid. Why would you waste picks to trade back up after you just got a boatload to trade down? Did they forget that the team has holes EVERYWHERE?! Just take the best player available and keep it moving!

  44. couldntthinkofaname says: Mar 28, 2012 12:50 PM

    I hope the browns say eff off and keep the pick. If rams were really concerned about not getting Blackmon they would have traded the pick with Cleveland the first time but it’s rumored to be an inside job between rams and skins do I’d let rams hang on this one.

    _______________

    You and your garbage team can “eff” off and keep your pick. You’ll just blow it like you always do. As for that “inside” job, try actually reading what happened. The ‘Skins had the balls to make the best offer, the Browns tried to sneak back in and lost out.

    As usual.

  45. ramcountry says: Mar 28, 2012 1:42 PM

    Trading down to 6 and up again is plain stupid.

    After Luck and RG 3 there’s no one left worth trading into the top 5 for. It’s not like Blackmon is heads and tails ahead of his class, and Richardson would be a better pick anyway.

  46. tr975 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:35 PM

    farmmbig says:

    Vikings are heavy on Blackmon now—- They were keying on WR in free agency and whiffed.

    No way the Rams get Blackmon if they think he’ll be there at #4.
    ——
    If that’s the case, then that makes Matt Kalil available, and is he undoubtedly a player that the Rams have interest in. If the Vikings take Blackmon or Claiborne, then the Rams would likely feel that in order to get Kalil, they would have to move up to #4 because it’s possible that teams like Buffalo, Arizona or others might make the jump ahead of them if Kalil is somehow available at #4.

  47. muckfodell says: Mar 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    st1llerz1:

    Nothing relevant to talk about regarding your team of criminals?

    You Squealers fans must have quite the inferiority complex, always feeling the need to pile on.

    Get a life, dude. The river hasn’t been on fire for damn near 40 years…

  48. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 28, 2012 4:20 PM

    Problem with this is the fact that Holmgren doesn’t seem inclined to deal his draft picks. If the Rams are expecting a trade with Cleveland, the best they can hope to get in return is Seneca Wallace or a copy of Michael Dean Perry’s “Sweatin’ to the Oldies”.

  49. dawglbfan says: Mar 28, 2012 7:32 PM

    The Browns will to trade back with the Rams and take either Richardson or Claiborne whoever the Bucs leave behind.

  50. muckfodell says: Mar 29, 2012 4:13 AM

    As for our garbage team, don’t forget your Foreskins are picking six. So obviously you suck as well.

    I wouldn’t get too excited about RG Three-Ones-and-a-Two just yet.

    Wait and see how things end up three years from now without a couple number ones and cap issues.

    And thanks to your meddling owner and washed up coach for protecting the Browns’ FO from themselves.

  51. cgsuddeath says: Mar 30, 2012 7:47 PM

    The Rams are not trading Bradford so this rumor garbage has to stop.

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