Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Report: Browns inquired about Bradford
By Jamison Hensley
So, it appears that Colt McCoy was actually the Browns' third choice to be their starting quarterback this season.
The Browns asked the St. Louis Rams about trading for quarterback Sam Bradford before turning their attention to Robert Griffin III, sources told ESPN 850 AM in Cleveland. The Rams turned down the Browns, according to the report.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed teams called about Bradford, but he wouldn't specify the teams. “I prefer not to get into specifics about the conversations. I can say there were teams that inquired,” Fisher said at the NFL owners meetings Wednesday.
The Browns' interest dates back to 2010, when team president Mike Holmgren attempted to trade up to the top spot to draft Bradford. The connection to Bradford is even strong now with head coach Pat Shurmur, who was Bradford's offensive coordinator in 2010.
This report comes a day after the Browns said they were "moving forward" with McCoy as their quarterback. Browns officials continue to say they believe in McCoy, but their actions indicate he is the starter by default.
The Browns were reportedly interested in Bradford before getting turned down. They wanted to move up in the draft to take RG3 before the Rams foiled Cleveland again, trading the second overall pick to the Redskins.
In a strange twist, the Rams could be the ones calling the Browns on draft day. Their expected target is wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who should be available when the Browns are on the clock with the No. 4 pick.
"I don't know if we'd consider going that high," Fisher said. "Those conversations aren't going to take place until draft day because your guy's got to be there. It'll be interesting to see what kind of compensation they want. We're very happy with the compensation we've got right now over the next couple of years."
Fisher also sidestepped Holmgren's account that the Browns were blocked from moving up in the draft because of a close relationship between the Rams and Redskins.
"I didn't pay much attention to his comments," Fisher said. "They were very fruitful discussions. They are a potential trade partner with us."