In Cleveland Browns trade talk, one east-coast based writer assessed the organization’s changes of acquiring Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.
Hue Jackson has spoken and the obvious has been stated: The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback.
What a revelation!
Jackson seemed opened to bypassing a quarterback with the first or fourth pick, depending on what the franchise does in free agency, or on the trade market.
Free agent names tied to the Browns at one point or another this offseason include Kirk Cousins and A.J. McCarron. However, more than a few writers and fans have kicked around the idea of making a trade for Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles..
Foles, who is under contract for one more year in Philadelphia,
Here’s what Jackson said about drafting a quarterback with either the first or fourth picks, via NJ.com.
"“Would we have to? I would hope not. I would hope there’s other things. There are going to be other opportunities as we all know. We have free agency right upon us as well. We also have opportunities of the quarterbacks that are on our football team right now. Again, we’ve just got to see how it all fits as we move forward.”"
NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks wrote about what Foles might cost.
"“If they , Foles is arguably the best on the market. With two first-round picks and three second-round picks, the Browns have the ammunition to land Foles if they decide that is the direction they want to go. “"
Philadelphia’s asking price has been pegged at somewhere between a second and fourth-round pick.
Shorr-Parks wrote about the press conferences given by Eagles GM Howe and coach Doug Pederson at the NFL Combine. Both sang the praises of their backup quarterback. Shorr-Marks contends that if it was the goal of the two men to drive up the asking price for Foles, well, then mission accomplished.
It’s hard to see Cleveland dealing a second-round pick for Foles, especially since he has just a year left on his contract.
Despite leading Philadelphia to victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots, it’s unlikely the Browns view Foles as someone they’d want to acquire, and then sign to a contract extension.
It’s also worth noting the headline on Cleveland.com’s story from Jackson’s press conference.
“Hue Jackson sounds like it’s QB all the way at No. 1,” reads the story, written by Mary Kay Cabot. Writers don’t usually write their own headlines, but Cabot’s story meshes with what Shorr-Marks wrote.
The long-time Browns scribe wrote Jackson “threw water” on the notion the Browns would bypass a quarterback with the first selection for a second straight year.
McCarron is looking more and more like the best option once teams are allowed to meet with players, starting March 12.
All he’ll cost his money, and with $110 million in cap space, the Browns have plenty of it.