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Friday, September 20, 2013
Holmgren wanted Andrew Luck in 2012

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS – The ESPN.com NFL reporters were recently asked which young quarterback we would want to lead a team for an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Here’s the list:
I chose Luck (and it’s not because I cover him on a daily basis).

Mike Holmgren evidently feels the same way.

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Holmgren, the former Cleveland Browns president, said he talked to Colts general manager Ryan Grigson about trading all of his picks in the 2012 draft to get the No. 1 overall pick to select Luck.

“I talked to him last year (at the owners meetings) before we made the trade (to move up and get Richardson),” Holmgren told Seattle radio station 950 KJR. “I said, ‘I’ll give you all of our draft picks for the No. 1 pick and I’ll take Luck. I’ll give the whole draft to you.

"I said, 'Ryan let's do the deal, right now, right here.' He said, 'We're taking Luck.' We were by the pool, I might've even had a lemonade in my hand. He didn't take me seriously, because I was ready to pull the trigger. They were going to take him, and they should've taken him. They did the right thing, but he said if some craziness would've happened, they would've taken Trent Richardson. And now a year later, they get both of them."

Holmgren was shocked that the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to the Colts. Holmgren traded up in that draft to select Richardson at No. 3 pick in 2012.

"How do you make your team better by trading your best player?'' Holmgren told 950 KJR. "He's the best offensive player. He's a valuable, valuable guy.''

Holmgren wasn’t done talking about his former team.

"I struggled with it,'' Holmgren told the radio station. "Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I'd say, 'OK, fire me, or I'm going to quit. Or we're going to both go into the owner and talk about this and then we'll see who's still standing.'"

Browns CEO Joe Banner was on “Mike & Mike” on Friday morning and responded to Holmgren’s comments.

“Mike’s entitled to his opinion, he ran the team for three years and was able to do what he believes then,” Banner said. “It’s our turn for us to do what we think is right. Obviously we wouldn’t have done this if we agreed with his comments. I think the most important thing for me to say is, we don’t do anything with (coach Rob Chudzinski) not right in the middle of every discussion, every evaluation.”