OBR Subscribers have been aware for several days that the Cleveland Browns were chasing Patriots safety James Sanders. We originally broke the story of the Browns interest in Sanders on Friday in the OBR's subscriber blog.
On Friday, the Browns and Sanders engaged in a number of talks, with the discussion making significant headway.
While the Browns were in the market for a safety thanks to the free agent status of S Sean Jones, they had some competition from the Eagles for Sanders. The Eagles had an interest in adding a safety following the exit of S Brian Dawkins to Denver.
As of earlier today, as reported on the Insider Blog, the Browns found themselves on the losing end of the race for Sanders. However, according to league sources, the team came up with a solid counter-offer and were back in the hunt this afternoon.
As of 3:15PM, however, the Browns appear to have lost the race for Sanders to the New England Patriots, as the Boston Globe reports that Sanders has turned down a higher offer to return to the Patriots.
A league source tells the OBR that the "higher offer" was indeed the Cleveland Browns.
While fans may be happy to know that the Browns were indeed hunting for a defensive back this weekend, offering more money but still losing out on a player of interest is not the best first step for the team's free agent efforts.