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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Browns need a franchise qb

The Cleveland Browns have struggled to be competitive since returning to the league in 1999 for a couple of reasons, imo. The first is that since returning they have failed to significantly upgrade their team through the draft or free agency. More importantly, however, I feel that they have not found themselves a 'franchise quarterback.' That could all change next week, if the Browns make an offer to trade up with the St. Louis Rams for the first pick and select Sam Bradford.  Team president Mike Holmgren obviously believes that Bradford has the potential. And he should know, having coached two pro bowl quarterbacks himself in Brett Favre(who also help him win a Super Bowl and is more than likely a first ballot hall of famer) and Matt Hasselbeck. It is apparent that Jake Delhomme is just a short term solution. The Browns could get Bradford, and they should not have to give up the proverbial 'kitchen sink' to swap picks with St. Louis. In my estimation, they could offer St. Louis NT Shawn Rogers, the number 7 pick, and a third and fifth round pick in next year's draft. If the Rams balk at that offer(or something similar), then the Browns should stay pat at 7 and select someone like S Eric Berry of Tennessee, but they should be ready to select Texas QB Colt McCoy in the second round if he falls that far. The Browns have many needs, but becoming a playoff contender won't happen unless they solidify the qb spot. One only has to look at last year's playoffs for proof.

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