According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, they also would be interested in the services of one Johnny Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner who is potentially the hottest name in this year’s NFL Draft.
But at what cost?
The Browns have two first round picks, and according to La Canfora’s report, would be willing to trade up in order to secure him as their QB of the future.
Cleveland has plenty of cap space and some intriguing young players with which to work, but being the only team in the NFL right now without a head coach has to be a concern, and I can’t imagine either of these hot coordinators are chomping at the bit to take the Cleveland job.
It’s going to be a tough job.
The Browns showed some impressive resolve after trading 2012 first rounder Trent Richardson, and this offseason, they will likely dump the other 2012 first rounder, quarterback Brandon Weeden who has been a disaster as an NFL quarterback.
Getting Johnny Manziel would reignite some energy into the franchise, but you have to wonder what kind of legs this rumor has due to the fact that Cleveland doesn’t even have a coach yet. I would think that if the Browns hire Dan Quinn, it would bode well for Manziel landing there since Quinn has seen up close what kind of impact a playmaker of shorter stature can do at the QB position for a team, especially with a strong defense to have his back.
I’m as intrigued as anyone to see where Manziel lands, but I don’t quite know if Cleveland is his ideal landing spot.