During the madness of the NFL Draft, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport had a surprising report: The Browns were trying to trade for Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.
Wow. Cleveland is trying to trade for Kirk Cousins. This is real.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017
Once the draft was over, Browns general manager Sashi Brown spoke to reporters to address questions about the team's picks, and briefly about the Cousins rumor. According to The Chronicle-Telegram, he called the speculation "bad reporting."
"There’s no specific deal in place or plan in place to go acquire a veteran QB at this point," he added.
We know Cleveland is looking to acquire a quarterback, but the team didn't take one of the highly touted options with either of its two first-round picks. Instead, the Browns went defense, selecting Myles Garrett first overall, and Jabrill Peppers at No. 25.
Still, Brown says his team will look to acquire a quarterback, either in the draft, or by other means. Right now they have Brock Osweiler, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.
"Listen, we need to solidify the quarterback position," Brown said. "It’s not solidified right now, so we know we need the guys here to work their tails off and Hue [Jackson] is going to develop them as much as possible and push them to be their best. And we also know that until we get it solidified, we’re going to continue looking for players all over the league and in college.
"That may be in next year’s draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. So we won’t rest until we solidify that position. But again, Brock, Cody, Kevin are here working hard and we’re going to support them as best we can."
The Browns have plenty of draft picks in the coming years to package a deal together if they wanted to. Players such as the Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo or the Bengals' A.J. McCarron could be potential targets.