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Report: Browns Not Interested In Trading For QB Ryan Mallett

Update:

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that a league source has informed her that the Browns do not have interest in trading for Patriots QB Ryan Mallett.

Cabot’s source added that the Browns “have not and will not call about Mallett.”

Looks like this could be a media creation or possibly even an attempt to drum up interest in Mallett as the draft nears.

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Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that “multiple teams” have reached out to the Patriots regarding a possible trade for backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.

  • Bedard’s sources added that the odds are “slightly stronger” that Mallett is traded than back with the Patriots next season.
  • New England has reportedly been “heavily scouting” quarterbacks in recent weeks and could walk away from the draft with one.
  • Bedard adds that the Patriots are looking for a third-round pick for Mallett.

Jeff Howe reports that the Browns have reached out to the Patriots about Mallett, but New New England reportedly wants at least a second-round pick in return.

Ian Rapoport confirms that the Browns have inquired about Mallett, but no deal is close at this point. Cleveland reportedly is comfortable keeping Brandon Weeden.

The Browns have been rumored to be a potential landing spot for Mallett since Mike Lombardi took over as their GM. While the Browns there’s still a chance that Cleveland will take a quarterback at some point in the draft, it makes sense for them to at least explore the idea of trading for Mallett. The Browns are currently without a second-round pick which makes it pretty hard for them to meet the Patriots asking price, unless of course New England would be willing to accept a 2014 second-round selection.

We’ll have more as the news becomes available.

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