Sure seems their (CLE) interest is more than just drumming up trade interest.
I suppose they're going through the process of looking at the QB's coming out next year and weighing Tannehill against them. If it's close, grab Tannehill now that they have the pick to do so and get him a year of experience.
CLE has to get a franchise QB (or one they believe will be one) sooner than later if you want to compete in the NFL because while I think Colt is a good kid, it doesn't seem like he is the guy and given the Browns front office interest in trading up for 1.02, they don't think Colt is either.
...but if we liked Tannehill from the beginning why would we offer so much for RG3? Wouldn't we be better off keeping our picks and building around Tannehill?
I think this is part due diligence and part trade fluff. I imagine we like him, but not at the top of round 1. If he falls past Miami and does a nose dive, maybe we look at him, I hope we don't but maybe we will. But if we dial him up early round 1 we're just idiots.
If they honestly, 100% like him, he wont get past MIA and unless you can trade back to #1.07 (the pick before MIA) then CLE wont have much choice but to take him that high.
Welcome to the Vikings 2010 war room.
Im sure they wouldve liked ponder to fall past a few teams and taken him later, but it wouldnt have happened then and it wont happen this year either so id be preparing for it
If its pre-draft fluff? I dont get it ... do they really think Richardson or Claiborne wouldnt help? Why else try to encourage a trade by putting out these rumors? I know Ross isnt the sharpest but if he did trade up to take Tannehill, those are two cornerstone players the Browns will be walking away from for what? Just to pick up an extra 2nd rnd pick