Report: Browns inquired about Sam Bradford

AP

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.

70 responses to “Report: Browns inquired about Sam Bradford

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.”

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

  11. ‘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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. “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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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?

  25. “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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. “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!

  29. 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.

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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…

  34. 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

  35. 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?

  36. 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…

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

  41. 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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