Hereís one to write down and monitor.
The Browns reportedly want Johnny Manziel. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Browns want Manziel badly enough that they would trade up for him, if they have to.
Hereís the specific language of the report: ď[T]hey are willing to trade up to land Johnny Manziel in the draft if need be, sources said.Ē Read literally, it means that the Browns will do whatever they have to do to move up and get Manziel, if thatís what it takes to get him.
While limits surely will apply to the willingness of the Browns, who tried unsuccessfully (and possibly half-heartedly) two years ago to move up and get Robert Griffin III under different management, this report wonít help the Browns get the best possible deal, if itís true. And if itís true, itís more proof that the next coach of the Browns wonít be able to pick his own quarterback ó which could scare away any candidates that arenít already convinced as to the merits of Manziel.
The Browns currently draft fourth. The first three picks belong to Houston, St. Louis (via Washington), and Jacksonville, respectively.
Itís also possible that ďsourcesĒ are saying things they donít believe. It could be that the Browns covet another quarterback, and that they hope Manziel gets picked before Cleveland chooses. Of course, if the report flows from a decision by the front office that Manziel isnít the answer, the front office necessarily will have tied the hands of a head coach who decides that he wants Manziel.
Regardless, the strength of the report is intriguing. Whether itís true or itís a smokescreen, it may not be a good luck for a Browns organization that currently is trying to make its job look more enticing. If the front office is making firm decisions about the draft before even hiring a head coach, that could be a warning sign for a candidate who may be more inclined to wait a year or two for another opportunity.