After failing to acquire the No. 2 overall pick from the Rams, presumably to draft Robert Griffin III, the Browns again struck out on landing another signal-caller, one who’s particularly dear to head coach Pat Shurmur.
Sources tell ESPNCleveland.com, the Browns, before making at a run at RGIII, inquired about a trade for Sam Bradford.
At the NFL meetings Wednesday, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Cleveland asked about Bradford, but reiterated a deal was not going to happen.
“His name came up, not from us,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday morning. “Clubs inquired. But there was no consideration whatsoever on our part (to trade Bradford).”
Apparently, multiple teams were in on the former No. 1 overall pick, though Fisher, who last month said dealing Bradford “is not an option,” refused to discuss the matter further.
“I prefer not to get into specifics about the conversations. I can say there were teams that inquired,” Fisher said.
The fit between the Browns and Bradford is an obvious one, and goes back to 2010, when team president Mike Holmgren tried to capture the top pick to draft the former Oklahoma Sooner, but it wasn’t to be. Their latest attempt is no surprise considering Bradford’s quarterback coach and offensive coordinator during his spectacular rookie campaign was Shurmur, now the Browns’ head man.
However, Fisher likes what he sees from Bradford, and feels he can become a “special” player.
“I evaluated him coming out, and watched him play,” Fisher said. “Obviously he had an exceptional rookie year. Last year was a difficult year for him. It was a difficult year for the entire Rams offense because of different different circumstances. There’s no question after watching tape of his rookie year that he has a chance to be special.”
Though, just because they swung-and-missed on two occasions, doesn’t mean the Browns and Rams can’t still be friends — or, in this case, trading partners.
Fisher acknowledged there were “fruitful discussions” between both sides, and named the Browns as a “potential trade partner.”
St. Louis could be interested in receiver Justin Blackmon, who’d likely be gone by the time they’re on the clock at No. 6. On the flipside, Cleveland is still looking for a quarterback to give Colt McCoy a run for his money, and that might be Ryan Tannehill.
There’s still plenty of time for talks to continue, though I wouldn’t be surprised if a swap was made well before draft day, as ironic as that’d be.