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Browns GM Tom Heckert mum on Brodrick Bunkley situation

By Nate Ulrich Published: August 1, 2011

Updated at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they traded defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley to the Browns in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, the Browns never announced the move.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert, who was in his first year as the Eagles' general manager when they drafted Bunkley in the first round of the 2006 draft, did not offer any clarification on the matter when he met with reporters this afternoon.

"If something is ready to go, we'll tell you," Heckert said. "You'll have to talk to Philadelphia about that one."

When asked if he's still expecting Bunkley to report to camp, Heckert said, "I have nothing on that."

Heckert was also asked if there was a trade pending with the Eagles that fell through.

"I can't confirm anything," Heckert said. "No, I can't."

Heckert, though, addressed other topics. Here's a quick review:

  • Heckert said defensive tackle Phil Taylor's holdout is just a result of normal contract negotiations. "It's fine," Heckert said. Taylor was the team's first-round (21st overall) pick in this year's draft.

  • Heckert said he wanted cornerback Eric Wright to re-sign with the Browns, but he also got a feeling Wright wanted to go elsewhere. "We would have liked to have him back," Heckert said. ... "I kind of assumed he wouldn't be (back)." Wright signed with the Detroit Lions.

  • Heckert said Usama Young, whom the Browns recently signed, and Mike Adams will compete to start at free safety.

  • Heckert said re-signing defensive end Jayme Mitchell "was a big move. ... I think he's gonna be our starting left defensive end."


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