Report: Browns asked Rams about trading for QB Sam Bradford

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Despite the Browns' public support for McCoy, it appears they're still in the market for a QB. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Earlier this month, when the Redskins made a deal with the Rams for the second-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, they weren't the only team interested in moving up to take Robert Griffin III. TheBrowns were also in the running. In fact, Cleveland had earlier targeted another franchise quarterback: Sam Bradford, sources told ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi.

New Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was asked about it during the annual league meetings this week. "I prefer not to get into specifics about the conversations. I can say there were teams that inquired."

A source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot's that "Bradford's name came up when the Browns were trying to move up to No. 2, but that it was in passing and never got anywhere. The Rams would take a huge cap hit if they traded Bradford, and the Browns would've had to pay Bradford's enormous salary."

Either way, Fisher calls the Browns "a potential trade partner with us." Cleveland currently holds the No. 4 pick and St. Louis, by virtue of their deal with Washington, will select sixth. As for specifics, Fisher admitted that "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 isn't showing his hand in terms of who the Rams might be targeting. "We could go up or down," he said. "It would probably be more realistic for us to move down than it would up. There's going to be a number of very good players at that (No. 6) pick. That would be the reason we'd move down, not because our guy wasn't there. We'd move down because we'd expect there'd be a number of good players and clearly we have a number of needs."

As for the Browns, they appear content to stick with Colt McCoy, at least for now. Of course, if Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill is on the board, maybe Cleveland takes him. On Monday's "Path to the Draft" on NFL Network, Mike Mayock didn't mince words. “Franchise quarterback trumps all,” he said. “We talk about that all the time, and I don't believe Colt McCoy is the answer. And I do believe Ryan Tannehill could become the answer. So I believe at No. 4 they ought to pull the trigger on Tannehill."

Mayock's right about the importance of having a franchise quarterback, and clearly the Browns agree. They've twice tried to land one this offseason and twice they were unsuccessful. If the organization doesn't have long-term faith in McCoy, maybe they'll refocus their sights on Tannehill.

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