Browns trade 2 picks for 2014 selections


BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Cleveland Browns are already planning ahead for next year's draft.

For the second time on Saturday, the Browns traded away one of their late-round picks in this year's draft for selections in 2014.

They first swapped their fourth-round pick (No. 111 overall) to the rival Pittsburgh Steelers for a third-rounder in `14, and then dealt their fifth-round selection (No. 139) to Indianapolis for a future fourth-rounder.

The Browns and Steelers had not made a trade since 1968.

Apparently, Browns CEO Joe Banner and general manager Michael Lombardi didn't think there was much value in the later rounds of this year's draft. Cleveland came in without a second-round pick and ended up picking just two of the top 174 players.

The moves were unexpected for a team that won just five games last season and underwent another major off-season overhaul. This draft is also taking place amid uncertainty about the future as new owner Jimmy Haslam is under federal investigation for a fraud scheme at Pilot Flying J, his family's truck-stop chain.

The Browns entered the third day of the draft with five picks, but gave their first one to the Steelers, who used it to take Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas. Cleveland originally had the 104th pick but swapped with Miami as part of a trade for slot wide receiver Davone Bess, who passed his physical on Saturday to finalize the deal.

The Browns still have a sixth-rounder (No. 175) and two in the seventh round (Nos. 217 and 227).

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