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Browns don’t rule out trading for a veteran quarterback

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There’s a disconnect between the headline and the story that appears in the Cleveland Plain Dealer after Wednesday’s pre-draft press conference from executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown.

Jimmy Garoppolo and AJ McCarron could be off table for Browns as club says it won’t trade for veteran QB,” declares the headline — usually written by someone other than the writer. Under that headline, the writer (Mary Kay Cabot) writes that, although Brown said the Browns won’t trade for a veteran quarterback on draft weekend, he didn’t rule out doing so before the draft begins.

Could we in theory? Yes,” Brown said. “But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No.”

It’s a significant opening, no matter how slim it may be. And it meshes with speculation/rumor/whatever that the Browns could explore the possibility of dangling the No. 1 or No. 12 overall pick for a proven commodity at the quarterback position.

The one name not mentioned in the headline (or the story) that continues to be the most intriguing is Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins. Some league insiders insist that the Browns will try to trade for Cousins. And since using the first overall pick on a player is the equivalent of trading that pick for a player, wouldn’t the Browns trade the pick not for an unproven player but for someone like Cousins?

Whatever the Browns do, Sashi Brown has not taken off the table the possibility of putting a first-round pick on the table for a player who could potentially put his name on the back of that neverending jersey and leave it there for a while.

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19 Responses to “Browns don’t rule out trading for a veteran quarterback”
  1. QB Film Room says: Apr 19, 2017 1:48 PM

    If McCarron goes to Cleveland, Look for Fitzpatrick to re-surface as Dalton’s backup

  2. aliveguy24 says: Apr 19, 2017 1:48 PM

    RG3. Oh wait nevermind

  3. silverandblack052099 says: Apr 19, 2017 2:08 PM

    Didnt they already do this when they fleeced Houston in the Brock Osweiler trade?

  4. packfan22 says: Apr 19, 2017 2:10 PM

    Maybe they won’t trade for Cousins because he’s going to sign as a free agent with the 49ers next season. He’s going to want to reconnect with Kyle Shanahan and there’s no way he will be franchise tagged at $30+ million next year.

  5. deadspindeluxe says: Apr 19, 2017 2:31 PM

    They could have three starting caliber quarterbacks on their roster and ruin every one of them by game sixteen. They are so bad that there is no team in any other league to use as a comparative insult. They are the Browns of the NFL.

  6. theghostofottograham says: Apr 19, 2017 2:47 PM

    Anybody that recognizes Mary Kay Cabot as a credible reporter is a sucker…!!!

  7. joefromtomsriver says: Apr 19, 2017 2:51 PM

    “though Brown said the Browns won’t trade for a veteran quarterback on draft weekend, he didn’t rule out doing so before the draft begins.”

    This is really getting stupid.

  8. heymister24 says: Apr 19, 2017 2:56 PM

    Browns have implied there will be a trade before draft day. McCarren?

  9. manderson4150 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:01 PM

    Very tired of hearing about the QB saga also known as the Cleveland Browns….

  10. JaminJake says: Apr 19, 2017 3:23 PM

    But they have Brock?

  11. phinatic29 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:34 PM

    Garoppolo is worth a 5th in 2017 and a 6th in 2018.
    i wouldn’t go any higher than that.

  12. kerrchris65 says: Apr 19, 2017 3:39 PM

    you can’t trust a thing mary kay says. its always non-sense. her stories compound on previous inaccurate stories she also wrote. she just writes her own narratives.

  13. jjackwagon says: Apr 19, 2017 3:41 PM

    The Chiefs should offer up Alex, but Reid and Dorsey aren’t ready to admit that mistake.

  14. jimmylikesthat says: Apr 19, 2017 3:59 PM

    A 5th for Garrapollo? He was a 2nd as an unproven kid out of college

  15. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 19, 2017 4:36 PM

    Cousins > Garrappolo >> McCarron

  16. nhpats says: Apr 19, 2017 4:43 PM

    phinatic29 says:
    Apr 19, 2017 3:34 PM
    Garoppolo is worth a 5th in 2017 and a 6th in 2018.
    i wouldn’t go any higher than that.

    —————-

    Garoppolo is the 2nd best QB in the AFC East behind Brady……and it’s really not even close……. Gase would dump Tannehill in a second if he had Jimmy G.

  17. DolFan says: Apr 19, 2017 5:14 PM

    Jimmy Garoppolo and “veteran quarterback” don’t belong in the same sentence.

  18. stairwayto7 says: Apr 19, 2017 5:30 PM

    Browns give up #12 pick to Cards for Drew Stanton!

  19. tonyo35 says: Apr 19, 2017 6:09 PM

    Seriously, has there ever been a Brady backup that’s been worth it? Seems like you take them out of that system, they can’t do anything. Mallett, Cassel, ????

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