Browns President Mike Holmgren told season ticket holders on a conference call that his team made “every bit the offer” that the Redskins did in an effort to obtain the second overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. That pick is expected to be Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Last week the Redskins and Rams agreed on a deal that send the second pick to Washington. St. Louis got the Redskins first- and second-round picks in this draft and their first-round picks in the 2013 and 2014 drafts.
Holmgren did not specify what the Browns offered. He implied that the Rams agreed to deal with the Redskins due to the close friendship between Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Rams coach Jeff Fisher.
"There are reasons it didn't happen,'' said Holmgren. "There's a very close relationship” involved with the teams that got the deal done.
"I'm not sure any offer was going to be good enough,” he added. “We were very aggressive and it didn't work.''