Report: Browns inquired about trading for Larry Fitzgerald


The Browns — the Browns? — making a play for a star wide receiver?

According to a published report, the Browns indeed went after one of the game’s long-time pass-catching standouts.

Cleveland attempted to acquire Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The talks occurred before Fitzgerald restructured his contract, the Plain Dealer said.

An eight-time Pro Bowler, the 31-year-old Fitzgerald is widely respected for his production and the way he plays the game. Though he was set to make $16 million in 2015, his acquisition would have helped the Browns’ credibility, not to mention their passing game.

The Browns have added ex-Dolphin Brian Hartline to their receiving corps, and they have also meet with ex-Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Both are nods to the Browns’ need for more pass-catching talent.

Fitzgerald would not have solely solved the issue, but he assuredly would have made Cleveland better, and in numerous ways.

54 responses to “Report: Browns inquired about trading for Larry Fitzgerald

  1. In Cleveland, attempts at acquiring players — instead of actually acquiring players — once again passes for Browns football news.

    Except for that time it was Jim Harbaugh, because he would have been coming here to coach.

  2. Tired of Cleveland leaking stories that they almost traded for someone. Just like with Jim Harbaugh, either pull the trigger on the trade or don’t report a non-story.

  3. Mary Kay Cabot wrote in October that Cleveland declined a Percy Harvin for Jordan Cameron trade. A few weeks ago, she then writes that SEATTLE declined the very same deal.

    Needless to say, she’s very inconsistent. I’d be hesitant to believe this was anywhere near true.

  4. Tomorrow this hack will report that the Browns tried to trade for Aaron Rodgers, the next day she will report they tried to trade for Tom Brady, the day after that she will report they tried to get Richard Sherman.

    This hack is a schill for the Browns trying to make it appear the Browns are “trying” to improve their time.

  5. if the Browns were in a win-now position like the Bills, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. But they are hardly ahead of the Raiders in terms of contending

  6. Trading for Harvin…Trading for Fitzgerald…this sounds more like a front office that is trying to convince their fans they re actually doing something…when they are doing nothing.

    Fact is – any team can call or send an email to the Cardinals saying “Will you trade m x”.

    This feels desperate.

  7. jovan19 says:
    Mar 16, 2015 1:34 PM
    And? didnt he re-sign with AZ like a month ago?


    It’s cool, don’t bother actually reading the article before commenting.

  8. Maybe the Browns should draft a QB first. Oh, wait…didn’t they do that in 2014, 2012, 2010, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999…. Oh, crap! never mind!

  9. Cards GM: “Well, we could always trade you to Cleveland if that will make you happy. They just called about an hour ago.”

    Fitzgerald: ” What page do I sign on again ?”

  10. That must be the reason he has a no trade clause in his contract after restructuring.

  11. The only one that wants to go to Cleveland is LeBrun James, still haven’t figured that one out..

  12. No one cares who you “tried” to trade for. The NFL does not award participation medals. Go actually do something and get back to us.

  13. does Larry have a tag on his back that says “will play for losers” or something? I mean dang this guy is only wanted by the ugly duck.

  14. The Cleveland Browns organization and the fans in Cleveland are going to have to accept one true fact. No one wants to play for the Cleveland Browns.

  15. Sometimes I wonder if these “reports” are leaks from the team to squelch criticism that they are not doing much in free agency to improve the roster while they’re losing their own free agents left and right.

    I’m sure they called about Suh, too. And they “tried” to trade for Bradford. And didn’t they “almost” have a deal last year for Harvin? Please…

  16. Fitz now has a “no trade clause” in his contract and after seeing the lack of aggressiveness by the Cards in FA probably is feeling like he got punked!

  17. What a great way to motivate players to want to stay with your team, threaten them with Cleveland!

    “I demand a trade! I’m not happy with my contract, or the direction this coach is taking the team. I have worked my butt of for this team, and I deserve better. I feel like……”

    “Hey, I have the Browns GM on the phone, and they are super interested in bringing you to Cleveland!”

    “………I feel like I am so happy where I am, and I just know we can make this work. I cannot think of a team I’d rather play for. Lets get back to work!”

  18. Is just me or are these reports talking cards not intrested in ap for the money hes due now and now that apparently the turned down trade proposal by the brown make it seem like Minnesota Vikings r in talks with the cards lol

  19. clssylssy says:
    Mar 16, 2015 2:55 PM
    Fitz now has a “no trade clause” in his contract and after seeing the lack of aggressiveness by the Cards in FA probably is feeling like he got punked!
    You don’t really pay attention. Why overspend on unwanted vets when you don’t need to.
    SEE: Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots. I guess they’re stupid too.

  20. Sorry Brownies it seems like owner Pilot J and Ray i should have been a Farmer have no clue what they are doing. The fans in Cleveland are so passionate too, well hey there is always bball.

  21. The scariest words every NFL player can hear: “The Browns are considering trading for….”

  22. The only reason AZ signed Fitz was for business reasons. He is the #3 option in the pass offense. He does have the top selling jersey on the team thou

  23. raymondtx says:
    Mar 16, 2015 2:17 PM
    I got an idea…why don’t they just find a qb first. A good one, who is sober.

    Brett Favre, Joe Namath, Ben Roethlisberger, and Bernie Kosar all take issue with the idea that a good quarterback has to be sober.

  24. I am a lifelong Browns fan and I love Larry Fitzgerald as a player and the way he handles himself on and off the field. But, there’s no way in hell would he sign here and I wouldn’t even wish that on him. He is truly one of the classiest players in the NFL and he deserves better than to have to come here for the tail end of his career. He has already spent most of his time on a non contending team. Now it looks like the Cardinals are going to be good for a while and he should be there. Let’s see Carson Palmer or Josh McCown. Nuff said

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