Roth asks to be traded, Browns refuse
Posted on: May 18, 2010 1:29 pm
In what was viewed by Browns GM Tom Heckert as a negotiation tactic, linebacker Matt Roth requested to be traded by the team on Monday.
Heckert's response? "It's not going to happen."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Roth was among five restricted free agents that skipped the first day of Brown's voluntary OTAs this week. The Browns picked up Roth off waivers from the Dolphins last November and he finished the season strong with four sacks.
"It's really not a big deal right now," Heckert said, as quoted by the Plain Dealer . "First of all, it's not going to happen. It's like that with everybody. Normally when guys aren't happy with their contracts, the first thing that comes out of their mouths is, 'give me a new deal or trade me.'"