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Report: Browns inquired about Sam Bradford

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Rams coach Jeff Fisher revealed at this week’s league meetings that St. Louis has received phone calls about the availability of quarterback Sam Bradford in a possible trade. Alper speculated this morning that the Cleveland Browns may have been one of the teams calling the Rams.

Per Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com, Alper’s speculation was dead on.

Citing multiple sources, Grossi reports that the Browns indeed made inquiries about Bradford, before unsuccessfully trying to trade up for the No. 2 spot in the draft.

The Browns’ overtures fell on deaf ears in St. Louis.

“Clubs inquired,” Fisher said. “But there was no consideration whatsoever on our part [to trade Bradford].”

Fisher didn’t specifically out the Browns as one of the teams interested in Bradford, but Grossi confirms they were. Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur was St. Louis’ offensive coordinator during Bradford’s rookie season. So far, that has been the best year of Bradford’s career.

So while the Browns publicly claim they’re “fine” with Colt McCoy as a starting quarterback, their actions certainly suggest otherwise.

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  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 28, 2012 12:13 PM

    Does anyone think Robert Griffin III will end up being a better quarterback than Sam Bradford?

  2. gosuhgo says: Mar 28, 2012 12:14 PM

    Why on earth would they trade Bradford?

  3. fitzmagic1212 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:14 PM

    man the browns are just dying for anyone to come play qb for them

  4. ronswansonsdinner says: Mar 28, 2012 12:15 PM

    that drunk guy at the party repeatedly says he’s “fine”, when in reality, he is hammered.

  5. schmitty2 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:16 PM

    Rams are wise not to trade Bradford just yet. Give him an OC who stays there more then 1 year, a decent O-line, and some decent wr’s and he will be fine

  6. skin94249 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:16 PM

    Hey Colt, Miami is still looking for a QB !!!

  7. chrisritch93 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:17 PM

    And maybe Elvis called from the grave, if you dont have a story make something up !

  8. machester52 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:17 PM

    This offseason is crazy.

  9. hdmoyer says: Mar 28, 2012 12:17 PM

    Don’t do it Bradford…if you thought you had no one to throw to before wait until you get to Cleveland. No one to hand the ball off to or to throw to!

  10. mgscott says: Mar 28, 2012 12:18 PM

    Tony Grossi just reported that the Browns kicked him out of Berea again.

  11. mrplow3 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:19 PM

    Sam Bradford had a solid rookie season and an injury plagued 2nd year. Why are we so quick to give up on rookie QB’s these days?

    I mean hell, it took Alex Smith 6 years to become a solid player. Give Bradford a chance.

  12. sj39 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:19 PM

    Like the Rams would ever consider trading Bradford.

  13. eecs2323 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:19 PM

    That Tony Grossi is one heck of a reporter.

  14. jacunn2000 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:19 PM

    Bradford will be great as soon as they shore up the line and place capable WR’s around him.

  15. oldbrowndawg says: Mar 28, 2012 12:21 PM

    Please. This is just Tony Grossi once again dissing the Browns — something he has been doing for decades now. Since the Cleveland Plain Dealer finally wised up and took him off the “Browns beat” he slithered over to ESPN Cleveland and now is spewing his anti-Browns b.s. over there. Disgusting.

  16. awhartstl says: Mar 28, 2012 12:21 PM

    It makes sense for Shurmur to go after him. Thank goodness the front office had the good sense to make the right decision for once.

    Now, just PLEASE have a good draft!

  17. empirework says: Mar 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    We need an overpaid under achieving QB like we need a mediocre over paid defensive end from cincy….. oh wait we have one now … hopefully cleveland comes to it’s senses before draft day

  18. kane337 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:24 PM

    Nothing wrong with doing due diligence.

  19. sj39 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:25 PM

    mrplow3 is right. I hope getting the rookie salaries under control will eventually end the rush to start rookie QBs right away and let them develope like in the good ‘ol days.

  20. r97rrw says: Mar 28, 2012 12:25 PM

    Sam Bradford’s problems can’t be blamed on their offensive line. He holds the ball way too long in the pocket and he has no pocket awareness for pressure. Study the Ram’s sacks from last year and you will notice this.

  21. td40 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:25 PM

    As a Browns fan, I’m finding it more and more laughable that they try to talk to any other teams about anything anymore. It’s become painfully obvious that free agents and draft picks alike are making every possible move to avoid being shipped to Cleveland. This is the Lerner legacy in action. Through poor decisions, repeated mistakes, and clueless front office and coaching personnel, they have instilled a culture of losing that is going to be insanely difficult to overcome. So until they can find a way to at least go .500 on their own and get some modicum of respect back, Holmgren and/or Heckert should save whatever face they can and not even try to deal for players anymore. It just makes the organization look horrible when everyone says “no.”

  22. bischof21 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:26 PM

    Well Bradford’s cousins mothers dads sister works for the Jaguars so I say they inquired about Bradford too.

  23. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 28, 2012 12:26 PM

    Noah was right, I never heard anyone saying, I am going on vacation to Cleveland.

  24. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 28, 2012 12:29 PM

    Cleveland… the place where the careers of professional athletes go to die.

  25. ronarch13 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    And we still have no QB

  26. orbearider66 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:30 PM

    Sam Bradford looks like that actress that plays Angela on Bones.

  27. firethorn1001 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:31 PM

    ‘it took Alex Smith 6 years to become a solid player’

    6 years in the NFL is an eternity. It didn’t take 6 years for Smith to become a solid player, it took SF 6 years to get an exceptional defense. Smith is still average at best.

  28. cannonballdookie says: Mar 28, 2012 12:34 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 28, 2012 12:13 PM

    Does anyone think Robert Griffin III will end up being a better quarterback than Sam Bradford
    ————————————————-

    Umm… does anyone think he won’t? They will regret drafting RGIII when they realize Bradford stinks in two more seasons. If anyone was willing to pay his gargantuan salary, they should have started over.

  29. gmen1987 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:37 PM

    oldbrowndawg says:
    Mar 28, 2012 12:21 PM
    Please. This is just Tony Grossi once again dissing the Browns — something he has been doing for decades now. Since the Cleveland Plain Dealer finally wised up and took him off the “Browns beat” he slithered over to ESPN Cleveland and now is spewing his anti-Browns b.s. over there. Disgusting.

    ===================================
    Goobs, the Brownies deserve to be dissed.

  30. thegonz13 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:38 PM

    Me! Me! Me! I’ll go and play QB for the Browns!

  31. kevinb73 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:39 PM

    The Browns front office look like such fools in FA this year. I feel so bad for the faithful Cleveland fans who year after year have to put up with mediocre talent on the field. They make my Bucs look like a first class organization. Sorry Brownies.

  32. waccoforflacco says: Mar 28, 2012 12:39 PM

    All this proves is that Mike Holmgren is a sham collecting a big paycheck. Colt McCoy is a rag-arm who throws perfect interceptions. About time Randy Lerner woke up in his New York Penthouse paid for by Mastercard card and kicked Holmgren back to Walrus Land.

    These absentee owners all suck. Ziggy Wilf lives in New York too and we know how the Vikings have done.

  33. raylewis52 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:40 PM

    Colt McCoy should at least be flabbergasted that the browns keep looking for QBs to replace him.

  34. tatatoothy says: Mar 28, 2012 12:52 PM

    Why is it such a bad thing for a football team to look to improve at a position in the off season? Isn’t that the idea behind being competitive?

  35. orbearider66 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:52 PM

    “it took SF 6 years to get an exceptional defense”
    —————–
    It didn’t take SF 6 years to get an exceptional defense (they’ve been awesome for a few years now) … it took SF 6 years to get an exceptional head coach.

    Or, maybe more accurately, it took SF 6 years to get a coach that knows how to deal with QB.

  36. chrisdavidgarcia says: Mar 28, 2012 12:56 PM

    Does anyone think Robert Griffin III will end up being a better quarterback than Sam Bradford?

    no.

  37. electionconfidential says: Mar 28, 2012 12:56 PM

    But they’re at least 100% behind McCoy, right? Geez…

  38. deangelo23hall says: Mar 28, 2012 1:00 PM

    Just take Tannehill and be over with it. Dude is raw, but his ceiling is just as high as Luck/RG3 if he’s willing to work as hard as they do.

  39. hdmoyer says: Mar 28, 2012 1:01 PM

    Check out…

    Frustrated Browns fan writes heartfelt letter to the organization.

    Saw it on Yahoo or you can see it on UTUBE.

    It’s great!

  40. pacodawg says: Mar 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    McCoy is better than Bradford

  41. coop16 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    No surprise here … we Browns fans all know that the team’s brass wants a new QB. The only surprise is that they didn’t sign Matt Flynn. They apparently determined that he was no better than McCoy. I guess we’ll see who’s right. Regardless, it’s clear that they don’t believe in McCoy, and since he’s still our starting QB, that means don’t look for any progress this year. But what the heck, we’ve only been pathetic for about 20 years now.

  42. tommyf15 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:16 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says: Does anyone think Robert Griffin III will end up being a better quarterback than Sam Bradford?

    In a word, yes.

    My guess is the Browns will rue the day they didn’t take the Rams offer of two firsts this year and one next year for Griffin.

  43. colthen says: Mar 28, 2012 1:17 PM

    Jeeze, theyre willing to spend all the money they have for a qb, when all they need to do is pickup ANY free agents! Give Mccoy something to throw to and hand off to!

  44. kmart0319 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:17 PM

    waccoforflacco says “These absentee owners all suck. Ziggy Wilf lives in New York too and we know how the Vikings have done.”

    Brilliant! I wish all teams would have known that if they were more like Jerry Jones, They would all be competitive!

  45. fsf7 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:17 PM

    Grossi is horrible.

    His evaluation of the 2010 Steelers prior to the season as a team in serious decline – they won the AFC Championship.

    His evaluation of the Steelers management in decline since Dan Rooney became Ambassador – he had no idea Art Rooney II had been team President since 2002.

    His grade of the 2004 draft immediately after – Steelers were graded with an F, Browns an A. Steelers took Ben Roethlisberger, Browns got taken by Matt Millen.

    AND THIS GUY HAD A HALL OF FAME VOTE?

  46. mrplow3 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    “6 years in the NFL is an eternity. It didn’t take 6 years for Smith to become a solid player, it took SF 6 years to get an exceptional defense. Smith is still average at best.”

    Oh I see. So it was the defense that led the league in 4th quarter comebacks last year with 6…. 4 of which were on the road.

    Please don’t make comments about things you aren’t familiar with.

  47. leftyjsf says: Mar 28, 2012 1:33 PM

    waccoforflacco ” Colt McCoy is a rag-arm who throws perfect interceptions.”

    Lets see, your boy Flacco has Ray Rice, Boldin and T Smith to throw to and had…. 12 picks.

    Colt McCoy had a 4th and 5th string RB most of the year, a converted RB turned rookie WR (Little) and a KR in Cribbs to throw to and had…11 picks.

    Check the stats my friend.

  48. brownsclown says: Mar 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    Tony has been talking to his friend Randy again; and Randy is giving Tony Inside information.
    That’s why Tony has a stranglehold on the top reporting positions in Cleveland.

  49. zonedogz says: Mar 28, 2012 1:47 PM

    Browns will have their QB- in 2013…Matt Barkley.

  50. colthen says: Mar 28, 2012 1:52 PM

    “Brilliant! I wish all teams would have known that if they were more like Jerry Jones, They would all be competitive!”
    Best Thing Ive Heard All Day!

  51. rando74 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    This is nothing big. Im “fine” with a pretty girl with a decent rack, but if the hot trainer at my gym gives me a wink, Im gonna take a pause and review my options.

  52. hiwaymessiah says: Mar 28, 2012 2:21 PM

    Just because you coach a player doesn’t mean you have to bring him or them every where you go.

  53. thelmt82 says: Mar 28, 2012 2:28 PM

    Looks like some of you cannot read. The report says that they inquired about Bradford BEFORE they traded out of the #2 pick. So, with that being said, the reports that came out yesterday saying that they are “fine” with McCoy would be accurate. I’d also suggest that Bradford may be the only guy that they really went after at the QB position. I think the RGIII rumor was a smokescreen and that nothing was ever close to being offered- more for the dumb fans’ sake than anything to throw that out there.

    McCoy will be the starting QB in 2012. If he doesn’t prove himself after being given some options (hopefully Blackmon, etc.) then they would be wise to look for a replacement. For now, the only real QB on the team that MUST be replaced is Seneca Wallace. That d-bag wants nothing to do with mentoring or helping McCoy. They should have let him walk instead of Delhomme last year. Delhomme was in his ear his rookie season while last year, Wallace was closer to the lockerroom than McCoy.

  54. bigdaddybullwhip says: Mar 28, 2012 2:31 PM

    Colt McCan’t

  55. bigzant82 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:02 PM

    @waccoforflacco yeah very right bout the browns
    ugh i hate all this losing

  56. cooklynn17 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:14 PM

    Why?

  57. mrslay1 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:34 PM

    Bradfore will do well under a real coach who will put a team around him. The same is true for McCoy and I hope he gets traded to someone that will do just that. For sure the Clowns will not.

  58. geezohman says: Mar 28, 2012 3:38 PM

    Cleveland… as in “C” town.. as now in ‘CHOKE”….

    15 starting QBs since the franchise started in 1999.

    Cleveland Browns is a business and their mission statement is to sell the most QB jerseys

    As a saying by the ‘indians’.. white man (Holmgren) speaks with fork tongue…. Colt is our man… ha.. ha….

    The only message that Lerner will listen to …is the ‘sound’ of empty seats…

  59. schmitty2 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    mrplow3 says: Mar 28, 2012 1:22 PM
    “6 years in the NFL is an eternity. It didn’t take 6 years for Smith to become a solid player, it took SF 6 years to get an exceptional defense. Smith is still average at best.”

    Oh I see. So it was the defense that led the league in 4th quarter comebacks last year with 6…. 4 of which were on the road.

    Please don’t make comments about things you aren’t familiar with.

    Maybe you shouldn’t try and give too much props to a qb that led his team to 1 for 13 on 3rd down conversions in the NFC Championship game

  60. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    I love Holmgren’s master plan- grasping at straws.

  61. rufustfireflyjr says: Mar 28, 2012 4:01 PM

    thelmt82: The Browns had Tannehill in for a visit, inquired about Bradford’s availability, and offered three ones for the opportunity to draft RGIII, but they’re “fine” with McCoy?? Oh, that’s right, you think their interest in RGIII was just a rumor, even though Holmgren said that the Browns’ offer was just as good as the ‘Skins’ and that he was disappointed that the Browns didn’t get him. WTF are you talking about?

  62. deathtoromo says: Mar 28, 2012 4:09 PM

    Browns have great fans. Sux what Holmgren is doing to that franchise.

  63. joldewurtel says: Mar 28, 2012 4:19 PM

    It depends on what the offers were…

    If the Browns agreed to trade the 2012 1st (#4), 2012 2nd (#37) and 2013 1st for Bradford… I would have taken that. Then draft RGIII 2nd and Blackmon 4th and still have the additional 2nd and 2013 1st…

    1.) On pure talent wise, the Rams might have been getting the better QB anyway in RGIII
    2.) RGIII would be A LOT cheaper with the new rookie scale.
    3.) So they could be getting the better QB, and more cap flexibility… but also additional picks.

    Dolphins and Redskins would also probably have been interested…

    It all depends on the price…

  64. Spencer says: Mar 28, 2012 4:24 PM

    That’s just sad. Just get Tannehill and stop embarrassing yourselves.

  65. aaroncurryisbust says: Mar 28, 2012 6:52 PM

    Epic fail on both sides.

    LMAO at the Browns wanting BUSTford.
    LMAO at the Rams not dumping “Badd for Rams” BUSTford and his awful contract.

  66. schmitty2 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:12 PM

    aaroncurryisbust says:
    Mar 28, 2012 6:52 PM
    Epic fail on both sides.

    LMAO at the Browns wanting BUSTford.
    LMAO at the Rams not dumping “Badd for Rams” BUSTford and his awful contract.

    Get new material loser. It’s getting old

  67. northsidesteel says: Mar 28, 2012 8:59 PM

    As A Steeler fan living in Browns country I can say the the Browns are my #2 team. I think that Colt has never been given the supporting cast that even a mediocre QB would need to be mildly successful, let alone become a top ten QB in this league. He is a player. I hope the Browns use this draft to get a supporting staff, but frankly I have little faith in the Walrus.

  68. mrslay1 says: Mar 28, 2012 9:42 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. I just a ol Razorback here who is a Cowboy, and used to be Colts fan. I have watched Colt McCoy thru college till now. This Guy could have won the Heisman in most years, this year for sure. He is much better the this rg3 guy. But as you stated he has never had any team around him. Everyone seems to think a great QB makes you a winner but in truth it is the great team that makes the great QB. Peyton Manning could not have won 5 games with the Browns last year in his best days. I for one love the Manning brothers, but any halfway football fan can clearly see Peyton is 4 leagues ahead of his brother. The Giants won 2 superbowls with Eli because there TEAM played outstanding. If McCoy had been QB of the 49ers or the Ravans, or Texans any of them would have won the Super Bowl. If Peytons Colts had ever had a DF, he would have had many more. Writers love to start who is the best at this or that position. But it takes a whole team to win football games not a few players.

  69. jeziyo247 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:48 PM

    I say give a rookie QB should get 3 years to prove they could make it in the nfl, alex smith should have be gone a long time ago but coaches had too much faith in him a I think it paid off, lets hope he can repeat and not be a fluke

  70. mwcarolina says: Mar 31, 2012 4:11 PM

    i’m surprised that the Rams didnt trade Bradford to Washington for those picks then draft RG3, but either way, i am happy, RG3, Luck or if we traded for Bradford, i would’ve been happy to have a QB who isnt Grossman.

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