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Report: Browns inquired about Sam Bradford

Jeff Fisher

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and teammate James Laurinitis watch a news conference where Jeff Fisher was officially introduced as the new head football coach of the St. Louis Rams NFL team, in St. Louis, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)


Rams coach Jeff Fisher revealed at this week’s league meetings that St. Louis has received phone calls about the availability of quarterback Sam Bradford in a possible trade. Alper speculated this morning that the Cleveland Browns may have been one of the teams calling the Rams.

Per Tony Grossi of, Alper’s speculation was dead on.

Citing multiple sources, Grossi reports that the Browns indeed made inquiries about Bradford, before unsuccessfully trying to trade up for the No. 2 spot in the draft.

The Browns’ overtures fell on deaf ears in St. Louis.

“Clubs inquired,” Fisher said. “But there was no consideration whatsoever on our part [to trade Bradford].”

Fisher didn’t specifically out the Browns as one of the teams interested in Bradford, but Grossi confirms they were. Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur was St. Louis’ offensive coordinator during Bradford’s rookie season. So far, that has been the best year of Bradford’s career.

So while the Browns publicly claim they’re “fine” with Colt McCoy as a starting quarterback, their actions certainly suggest otherwise.