Holmgren: Browns in market for a WR

July, 26, 2011
7/26/11
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The Cleveland Browns continue to send mixed messages when it comes to their wide receivers.

When the offseason began, president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert said they were confident in their much-maligned group. But later that spring, they used a high draft pick to select former North Carolina receiver Greg Little in the second round.

After the draft, the Browns' brass said, again, it likes this year's group and feels the West Coast offense will help struggling receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie. But on Monday, Holmgren identified wide receiver as a big need in free agency on the "Cleveland Browns Daily" radio show.
"Certain positions I think are fairly obvious that we're probably going to look at a little stronger than others," Holmgren explained. "The wide receiver position is a position we're going to look at, [and] we're going to look at some defensive linemen, even though we drafted a couple."

Although I agree Cleveland is thin at receiver, the Browns need to be more consistent with their message. It appears they're trying to play both sides by saying they believe in Massaquoi and Robiskie, while also trying to acquire players who can replace them in the starting lineup.

Mixed messages aside, it's a smart move for the Browns to be in a market for a receiver. A starting-caliber receiver would help second-year quarterback Colt McCoy develop, and McCoy will need all the help he can get learning a new offense in a short amount of time.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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