Numerous callers to my television talk show have expressed their surprise that the most the Browns might be able to get for Gerard Warren is a fourth round pick from Denver. Their concern is that you should be able to get more for a guy who was the third pick in the draft, and is still young enough to have several playing years ahead of him.
If Warren played to the level of a third pick, the Browns would be thrilled to keep him. For starters, he was picked higher than expected. Almost everyone in the Browns draft room expected Richard Seymour to be the pick, until Butch Davis and Pete Garcia decided differently just hours before the draft. Secondly, if you watched Warren play over the years, and didn't know how high he was picked, you wouldn't think too much of him.
If somebody wants to offer the Browns a fourth round pick, they have no choice but to accept it. Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel have given lip service to Warren, as well as William Green, saying they would be happy to keep them if there were no offers out on the table, but you know they didn't mean it. If they really wanted these guys, they wouldn't take a chance on losing them.
It's the same with Kelly Holcomb. If they were completely sold on him as the starting QB, they would have struck a deal. I've got to believe that Holcomb and his agent are going to be in for a surprise when they don't find anybody knocking down their doors with the kind of deal and guaranteed starting position that they were looking for in Cleveland.