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Final thoughts on Browns & RG3

As the Browns prepare for the start of free agency on Tuesday afternoon, we have a few final thoughts before we close the book on the Robert Griffin III talk.

As we suspected, the Browns losing out on the right to move up to the No. 2 spot in the draft had nothing to do with the inability of general manager Tom Heckert to get the job done and everything to do with the Redskins be willing to grossly overpay to move up in the draft.

According to Peter King in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, St. Louis general manager Les Snead told any team interested in making a trade to submit their best offer. King writes that “according to one of the teams involved, Washington made an offer beyond what St. Louis ever thought it’d get — three first-round picks and a second-rounder. Cleveland offered something less, thought to be three ones.

“The Rams might have gotten more by telling the Browns what Washington’s offer was, but Snead had promised each side he wouldn’t play one bid against another but rather simply ask for each team’s best offer. Once Washington’s offer was better than Cleveland’s, the deal was done.”

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Well … time to move on apparently

Woke up this morning to the news that the St. Louis Rams were able to bait the Washington Redskins into overpaying for the right to move up to the No. 2 position in the NFL Draft and potentially select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Of course, that means the Browns are now out of the picture.

Deep breath. Serenity now. Serenity now.

According to multiple reports
, the Redskins will give up their first-round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and a second-round pick this year to the Rams.

Despite how some are going to try and spin this, the trade is more of a win by the Rams than a failure by the Browns.

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On the Browns, RG3 and trades

It may be time for Cleveland Browns fans everywhere to take a deep breath, have a sip of their favorite adult beverage and chill out a bit in regards to the Browns, Robert Griffin III and draft day trades.

There are two important, inter-related things to remember as the NFL heads into free agency on March 13 and the NFL Draft on April 26.

The first is: if the Browns want Griffin they will get him.

Because the Browns hold a second first-round pick, thanks to last year’s steal of a trade with Atlanta, the Browns can outbid any other team – if they choose to. It doesn’t matter what the Redskins, Dolphins, or any other team offers – the Browns should be able to top every single one of them.

If the power trio of team president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur truly believe Griffin is the answer at quarterback, he will be wearing Orange and Brown in 2012.

The second is: the trade the Browns could make today with the St. Louis Rams will always be there.

The trade with the Rams to move up to No. 2 and select Griffin – the trade that is currently tilted completely in favor of the Rams – will always be there. It will be there tomorrow, next week, two weeks from now and all the way up to the start of the first round of the draft.

The Browns don’t have to do anything until they see how free agency plays out. Once teams start signing players next week, we’ll see where Peyton Manning goes, where Matt Flynn goes and any advantage – real or perceived – that the Rams have in negotiating a trade will start to fade away.

If the Redskins, who some in the media have decided are the favorites to move up and draft Griffin because they are willing to go “all in,” are really that interested in trading, then what are they waiting for? If they really want Griffin so much, why not make the trade today and guarantee the pick? The Rams certainly wouldn’t say no.

It’s far more likely that the Redskins have their eye on a bigger prize – Manning – and are waiting to talk with him to gauge his interest and ability before they starting talking seriously with the Rams.

But no matter what, the Browns are in control (as hard as that may be to believe) because they can trump any potential deal that another team proposes.

For once, the Browns hold the cards. How they decide to play them is still to be determined.

Until then, hang in there Browns fans.

The media will not decide who the Browns draft

We like NFL draft talk as much as the next person, especially when it involves the Cleveland Browns, but all the speculation about what will take place in the first round of the draft on April 26 is starting to work our last nerve.

The biggest thorn is the ongoing narrative pushed by the media that the Browns “must” trade up for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III at any and all cost. Failure to do so will somehow prove that the Browns are incompetent, insipid and generally an insignificant franchise that doesn’t care one bit about winning.

For more, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

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Shurmur, Childress & RG3: Can this work?

Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress sat down with the media on Wednesday before leaving town for the NFL Combine and the duo dropped a couple of interesting tidbits for Brown fans.

But you’ll need to head over to The Cleveland Fan to find out what it all means.

The Browns and RG3

Even though the NFL Draft is not until late April, Browns fans are already focused on what the team will do with its pick in the first round, currently the fourth overall selection.

What? It’s not like we’re going to be watching the Browns play in the Super Bowl on Sunday or anything.

As host city for Sunday’s game, Indianapolis has been ground zero this week for draft talk.

If you read and listen closely, and connect a few dots, a fairly likely scenario comes into focus about which player will be staring Browns general manager Tom Heckert in the face when the Browns make their selection.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.

To find out how, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

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