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Jimmy Haslam: “We could trade” Brock Osweiler

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s the guy who had to sign off on buying a second-round pick for $16 million, so he knows what’s going on.

But like everyone else, he’s not sure if that means the throw-in to that deal — quarterback Brock Osweiler — is going to be hanging around the Browns for very long.

“We picked up a second-round pick” Haslam said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Brock could be on our team or we could trade him. There’s lots of options out there and like I said you guys should cover it with [executive] Sashi [Brown] tomorrow.”

While that might seem a startling slap in the face to the former Texans starter, the Browns have never created any illusion about their interest in acquiring Osweiler (along with a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick), from the moment he was barely mentioned in the press release announce the trade.

But as long as he’s there, I guess they’ll be nice to him and talk like he’s actually a player and not just the guy carrying the luggage (the pick) to the room.

“We’re excited about getting the second-round pick and we’re excited to add a guy to our roster who has won games in the NFL,” Haslam said. “We now have eight first- or second-round picks in the next two years. We’re excited about that.”

What that means is so far no one’s really offered anything for Osweiler, or they’d have almost certainly taken it, even though he’s done more on the field than any of their quarterbacks of recent vintage and certainly the ones on the roster at the moment.

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52 Responses to “Jimmy Haslam: “We could trade” Brock Osweiler”
  1. jjrs89 says: Mar 27, 2017 7:40 PM

    If they could have traded him, he would be gone by now

  2. jasons81 says: Mar 27, 2017 7:43 PM

    $16mil is an insane amount of money for a 2nd round pick that (considering it will be the Browns using it) will likely be a bust

  3. ctiggs says: Mar 27, 2017 7:53 PM

    Nobody wants him

  4. oscarxray says: Mar 27, 2017 7:55 PM

    If the Browns start the season with Osweiler,Hogan and Kesler they are better off than any time in the expansion era other than 99-02 with Couch.

    I think Hogan going to win the job even if they draft someone else.

  5. cwmore1169 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:04 PM

    Brock is staying at least this year unless he outright stinks up the place, why give him a reason to drop his pack. Besides, it has already been reported that Brock has met with management. So why would the Browns reveal what their true plans are with Brock to the media, that might force teams between 2-11 re-evaluate their draft board or teams after #13 jump the Browns at #12 and completely screw up their draft strategy. Loose lips sink ships!

  6. zmusic85 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:18 PM

    What team does Tony Romo play for?

  7. brownsclown says: Mar 27, 2017 8:20 PM

    They are waiting to see where RGMinus 3 lands to gage the market for Ossloser.

  8. jimnaizeeum says: Mar 27, 2017 8:23 PM

    For phantom diesel fuel credits.

  9. monetsgpa says: Mar 27, 2017 8:24 PM

    MoneyBall Champions!

  10. Kal Daniels, pull hitter says: Mar 27, 2017 8:25 PM

    J – E – S – T! JETS JETS JETS!

    Not a Jets hater, but that sounds like a deal they would make.

  11. kkh713x says: Mar 27, 2017 8:36 PM

    I am not sure if the Browns could get a bag of chips for Brock.

  12. weepingjebus says: Mar 27, 2017 8:37 PM

    Per the Costanza Theorem, if they don’t want him and try to get rid of him he will probably turn out to be the best QB they’ve had in forever.

  13. jjb0811 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:39 PM

    Brock picked up $32 for one year’s worth of work. Good on him! I’d retire and help make the 30 for 30 of me! He played the system not the other way around. cousins is close to doing the same.

  14. judalation says: Mar 27, 2017 8:43 PM

    Trades to the CFL are not allowed… He stinks at football… nice guy though…

  15. asparatame says: Mar 27, 2017 8:50 PM

    No.
    Perhaps someone would give Cleveland 50k shares of Enron stock and a footlocker of Confederate currency.
    So maybe.

  16. bert1913 says: Mar 27, 2017 8:51 PM

    i wonder if haslam, york and irsay have a secret club house, with passwords and everything

  17. conciselogic says: Mar 27, 2017 9:03 PM

    worst trade ever.

    still wondering why some so called experts defend it. 16 million (and the cap hit) to move up 50 picks is beyond foolish.

  18. NoobTubeTV says: Mar 27, 2017 9:15 PM

    If the Browns don’t give a damn about $16 million for a draft pick why should any of you care? Seriously, it’s like you think it’s your money.

  19. ab420420 says: Mar 27, 2017 9:17 PM

    Houston needs a QB

  20. mysterytonite says: Mar 27, 2017 9:23 PM

    Yeah you could maybe get a bag of striped footballs and some potein if you send him up north. Here, maybe a bag of shoelaces and a box of kicking tees. Did they really think they were going to flip this guy for something? Man how bad is it when a team who sank 4 years 72 million to get you not only jumps ship after year one but gives up their own 2nd round pick to get rid of you? Epic misfire which should lead to either gm/ and or hc to get their walking papers if they tank this season.

  21. vontazemebro says: Mar 27, 2017 9:47 PM

    When any old Moe in the NFL is worth that much to not play you know the NFL makes too much. Don’t like it? You have all the power in your hands.

  22. mousietongue says: Mar 27, 2017 9:52 PM

    They might trade him if they could find a team as stupid as they were to trade for him. A second round pick to remove $16 from the books? I’ll take that any day….

  23. uopclod says: Mar 27, 2017 9:58 PM

    Osweiler remains a more viable option than Kaeperneck or Fitzpatrick, but that’s not saying much.

    When it comes to Kaeperneck, if I were an NFL owner I’d just order my GM to take a knee and move on. Who needs someone who disses their own country at the most important position in the most uniquely American game?

  24. richabbs says: Mar 27, 2017 9:59 PM

    I’ve always believed that you don’t get rid of the best QB on your roster until you obtain a better one, and right now Osweiler is the best QB on the Browns’ roster.

  25. theghostofottograham says: Mar 27, 2017 10:02 PM

    He’ll hang around on the Browns roster until QB injuries start piling up around the league!

  26. thrifty says: Mar 27, 2017 10:07 PM

    Or cut him.

  27. r502 says: Mar 27, 2017 10:10 PM

    Does Haslam hear himself? Trade Osweiler? Maybe the Browns would trade for a bum like that…..
    Wait, never mind.

  28. blowfishes says: Mar 27, 2017 10:11 PM

    Browns are so far below the salary cap floor that they should just cut Osweiler and move on.

  29. tonebones says: Mar 27, 2017 10:21 PM

    Boy the smoke screens sure are getting thick in Cleveland as we approach the draft. Now the owner is getting involved. They’re trying so hard to fool everyone, they’ll probably end up fooling themselves. Having all those high picks over the next two years mean absolutely nothing if you don’t know how to evaluate talent.

  30. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 27, 2017 10:24 PM

    There is a deal to be made there – they’ll take back $10-12 million of his salary and they’ll pick up a 4th or 5th in 2018.

    It would be funny if Denver made the deal, if they miss out on Romo.

  31. duffelbagsports says: Mar 27, 2017 10:28 PM

    He’s better than half the QBs that have jobs. Same is true of Kaepernick.

  32. bucnasty says: Mar 27, 2017 10:46 PM

    Why not give the guy a a shot I mean you gave RG111 one

  33. intrafinesse says: Mar 27, 2017 10:49 PM

    The Browns could trade him if they ate 12MM of his salary.

    They hired a baseball moneyball guy to help them tank (I could have done that), but they sure were stupid paying 16MM for a 2nd round pick while giving up a high 3rd round pick.

    I don’t see the Browns improving much the way they are run. 6-10 maybe in a couple of years.

  34. natijim235 says: Mar 27, 2017 10:54 PM

    lol – boy jimmy – we could cut the suspense with a knife!

  35. teek77 says: Mar 27, 2017 11:27 PM

    Cleveland….. the place where once promising QBs go to flounder and die, ending their careers in front of devoted fans who are tired of losers and deserve more. Sounds like a perfect place for Tony Romo. QB Purgatory.

  36. poison66 says: Mar 28, 2017 12:51 AM

    That was the stupidest trade ever by the Brownies, only they could try to spin it as smart, lmao

  37. stipez says: Mar 28, 2017 12:53 AM

    We’d trade him but he makes a damn fine grilled cheese so we’re keeping him around for a while.

  38. xarcticsoldierx says: Mar 28, 2017 1:13 AM

    Kinda feel bad for the dude,and then, i dont exactly care. Tbb no one wants him. Hell, I could be a better qb than brock

  39. Hersh says: Mar 28, 2017 5:37 AM

    Cleveland made a nice trade and Osweiler is fine as a backup QB, regardless of next year’s salary. The talk about giving two 1st rounders or a 1st and 2nd for Garoppolo seems to be high for a QB that played only 3 games in NE. Matt Cassel had a solid season as a starter in Belichek’s system.

    It would be better to trade a 2nd round pick for McCarron and draft a QB. McCarron is signed for 2017 and is a restricted free agent for 2018, so the Browns have him for at least two seasons. If he lights it up, I believe they can franchise tag him for 2019 and 2020 unless he is worth a long-term deal.

    Either way, the Browns will draft one of the following QB’s depending on when they draft a QB: Trubisky, Watson, Kizer, Mahomes or Webb. It sounds obvious but I am saying that they will not wait until round 3 to get a guy like Kaaya or Evans or C. Kelly.

  40. valleyflyfisher says: Mar 28, 2017 7:01 AM

    Why isn’t Jimmy in jail? And why aren’t more people asking that question?

  41. sigbouncer says: Mar 28, 2017 7:24 AM

    “While that might seem a startling slap in the face to the former Texans starter, the Browns have never created any illusion about their interest in acquiring Osweiler (along with a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick), from the moment he was barely mentioned in the press release announce the trade.”

    The Browns are pushing the kids buttons to see if there will be another Brock rebellion like the one we saw with the Texans and O’Brien. I like it, it’s saavy.

    If Brock has a response to this, simply release him. If he remains a good soldier and keeps his mouth shut. Well maybe you give him another look and see what he shows you in the preseason.

  42. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Mar 28, 2017 7:32 AM

    giving the browns 8 picks in the first two rounds in the next two years is like giving a bum outside a liquor store 8 dollars.. seems like you’re rich when you had it, and now that it’s gone, you are back in the same place with the same headache….

  43. mojodoa says: Mar 28, 2017 7:57 AM

    News flash Jimbo (because you have no idea about football). In order to make a trade you need to have someone to trade with, i.e. someone who in this cases wants what you have. Good luck with that. It’s a little more difficult than commiting fraud against your own customers.

  44. dumbpollack says: Mar 28, 2017 8:26 AM

    I hope the Feds put the screws to this guy. He has ruined our team, uniforms, everything.

  45. clayjtitan66 says: Mar 28, 2017 8:51 AM

    Since there is only 1 Cleveland Browns, no you can’t.

  46. dejadoh says: Mar 28, 2017 8:59 AM

    A rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Why is Haslam already undermining his QB with the fans or his teamates? He is drunk inside of his ego and doesn’t understand people. He’s already looking for excuses. How can anyone play well for a guy like this?

  47. bubbybrisket says: Mar 28, 2017 9:05 AM

    This guy is one of the worst owners in the league

  48. marooncat79 says: Mar 28, 2017 9:08 AM

    Jimmy, try to trade him to the Browns!! They would prob give up at least a 1st and 2nd for him!!!

    Do it man!!

  49. trophylessvikings says: Mar 28, 2017 9:41 AM

    Cant wait to see what bust the Browns pick with their shiny new 2nd rounder.

  50. dws123 says: Mar 28, 2017 11:11 AM

    The Browns will find a trade partner willing to take Brock in a rash decision during the draft

  51. bluestarcowboy says: Mar 28, 2017 12:01 PM

    jasons81 says:
    $16mil is an insane amount of money for a 2nd round pick that (considering it will be the Browns using it) will likely be a bust

    So how much is “sane” for an extra 2nd round pick?

  52. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Mar 28, 2017 12:50 PM

    To say he hasn’t traded yet because nobody wants him is only true for now. Once the draft happens and a few teams get stiffed on a QB, there will be calls on line one, best believe that.

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