Cleveland is unwilling to part with both 2015 first-round picks in addition to their 2016 first-rounder for the opportunity to draft Oregon's Marcus Mariota at No. 2 overall, according to King as well as The Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
The Browns' interest in Bradford is no surprise, but the former No. 1 overall pick isn't without warts. Still recovering from his second ACL surgery in two years, Bradford is resistant to the idea of signing a contract extension in Cleveland, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Bradford represents a cheaper alternative, as the cost would presumably be just one of those picks. General manager Ray Farmer isn't lending any insight either way.
"I never kiss and tell," Farmer told Kremer. "There is no commentary from me on either side of the fence of if there's been conversations or haven't been conversations. The reality is that there's a lot of people throwing things against the wall that will either show that they stick later on or show that they won't stick at all."
We have reached the height of silly season, just hours from the start of the 2015 NFL Draft. It's one thing for phone calls to be placed and scenarios to be plotted out. It's quite another for all of the pieces to fall into place, igniting multiple blockbuster trades.