Rams Collect On Ransom

Browns lost out on the RG3 sweepstakes, so what is Plan B for a team still in search of a franchise quarterback?

The St. Louis Rams wanted to sell high. The Washington Redskins were happy to oblige.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns were interested, but unable to seal a deal. The Redskins, often known as the "offseason champions," made the Rams an offer they could not refuse. St. Louis will get the Redskins' pick at No. 6 and two future first-round picks, plus a second-round pick, according to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com.

The Browns made no secret about the fact they covet their draft picks, as they believe the way to build a team is through the draft. The Rams were not going to get all those same picks from the Browns.

So now what? We are still a month and a half away from the NFL Draft.

Browns fans, all is not lost because they did not land Robert Griffin III. As a friend of mine tweeted Saturday morning, "Teams have managed to win before RG3 and they will win after RG3. He isn't the only answer to winning football games."

Yes, RG3 would have been a dynamic player at a position where the Browns desperately needs to improve if they want to compete. But he was not and is not the only option when it comes to solving the 13-year long quarterback conundrum.

First, there is free agency, which begins at 4 p.m. on March 13. PeytonManning is the biggest prize, but Browns have said they are not interested in his services.

They will look into Matt Flynn. Flynn only has impressed in two-career NFL starts under his belt in Green Bay. He is looked upon as the answer at the quarterback position for teams struggling in that area. The Browns surely fall in that category.

If Manning goes to Arizona, suddenly Kevin Kolb becomes available. Kolb did not have a great first season with the Cardinals, but he is considered a perfect fit in the West Coast offense.

There is still the draft, where quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins and Brandon Weeden are options.

Finally, the third option resides: Stick with Colt McCoy.

Because the Browns did not trade up to No. 2, they still have three picks in the first 37 of next month's draft — Nos. 4, 22 and 37.

It is no secret the Browns lack offensive playmakers and speed. At No. 4, Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon is a real possibility. At his pro day March 9, Blackmon's 40-yard dash time was reportedly anywhere between 4.41 and 4.5 seconds.

Some still think McCoy can succeed if surrounded of talent. OK, then. Blackmon is a good start, no?

Regardless of whom the Browns pick with their first three selections, those players will be expected to contribute right away, as were the Browns' recent first and second round picks in Joe Haden, T.J. Ward, Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard.

The Browns have bolstered the talent level on defense with those picks and most expect the Browns to turn their attention to the offense with free agency and the draft.

If the Browns forego a free agent quarterback and one of the options in the draft, the overall goal could be to build talent level and depth so if and when the team decides on a quarterback, he enters a situation that is sets up for him to succeed, not fail.

Now, the top three spots of the 2012 NFL Draft are pretty much secured. Andrew Luck will go to Indianapolis at No. 1, Griffin III at No. 2 to Washington and USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil at No. 3 to Minnesota.

Essentially, the Browns are on the clock.


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