Reports recently have circulated that Ray Farmer and the Cleveland Browns offered a first-round pick for Sam Bradford. This pick was likely the 19th draft position, but the rumors continue that the deal didn’t get done due to the Browns not having a quarterback to send in return to the St. Louis Rams, as well as Bradford not being open to an extension with the Browns.
Instead, the Philadelphia Eagles landed Bradford in a trade sending Nick Foles to St. Louis. The Eagles, however, do not seem sold on Bradford being their long-term starter (according to various reports). Many believe this was part of a master plan by Chip Kelly to move up in the draft to acquire Oregon’s Marcus Mariota. If the Eagles put Bradford on the block again on draft day, it is a real possibility the Browns could try and land him in a trade.
If it is true Farmer was willing to part with a first-round pick, it should be assumed on draft day he will have no fear doing it again. The Browns do not seem afraid to play darts and keep throwing them until one hits when it comes to quarterbacks.
Therefore, it is not far off to think that the Browns can realistically add two quarterbacks during the draft. It is unlikely they will trade for Bradford and take a quarterback early like Jameis Winston or Mariota. However, they could go after players like Brett Hundley, Bryce Petty or Garrett Grayson.
The Browns have been linked to those three so far during the offseason, and those quarterbacks listed all have one thing in common–that is they likely will not be ready to start. They will need to learn and develop.
This kind of move would put the Browns in one of the most interesting quarterback situations imaginable. They have Josh McCown, who is the mentor and on a start only by need basis. Johnny Manziel, who should be out of his stint in rehab. Then if the move is made, you would have Bradford, in which nobody has seen his full potential due to injuries, another young quarterback in Connor Shaw and whoever they decide to take in the draft. Thad Lewis is also on the roster, but is likely just a camp arm.
The interesting thing about Bradford is that he is on the last year of his contract. This plays both to the advantage and disadvantage of the Browns. The advantage is that if he plays well during the year and they view him as a long-term starter they can attempt to re-sign him for a long-term deal to keep him as the quarterback for years to come.
However, with his injury ridden past, it could be a very expensive investment. A disadvantage is that Bradford could use the Browns as his way to get another team to pony up even more money, should he not want to re-sign with the Browns as reported.
As the draft approaches there will be more and more rumors flying around, however, the Browns are expected to add at least one more arm throughout the process and it should shock nobody if they add two more arms to come in and compete for roster spots.