The Cleveland Browns got their man in Johnny Manziel. But they might have wanted another man before drafting the man they finally got.
Per John Keim of ESPN, the Browns made an offer to the Washington Redskins for QB Kirk Cousins, dangling a fourth round pick. But the Redskins stuck to their demand of a second rounder and Cleveland didn’t bite.
Cleveland ultimately traded up to #22 with Philadelphia in order to draft Johnny Football.
The Minnesota Vikings reportedly tried moving up to #22 to get Manziel before Cleveland moved in. The Vikings ended up trading into the #32 spot to draft Teddy Bridgewater.
Cousins has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, but Wasington’s price has just been too high.
There is still a chance that some team could get desperate and cough up a second rounder for Cousins, but with prospects like Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Savage still on the board, I highly doubt a trade like that will get made.
If Washington wants to move Cousins and avoid any hint of a QB controversy with Robert Griffin III, they are going to have to ask a lot less than a second.
Meanwhile, Johnny Manziel joins the Browns knowing he probably wasn’t their first choice at QB. You thought that chip on his shoulder was big before?
Right now it’s about the size of Lake Erie.