The Browns are still searching for their quarterback of the future after all of the buzz about them possibly trading up for Oregon's Marcus Mariota never materialized into an actual deal Thursday night in the NFL Draft.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston No. 1 overall like most analysts expected, the Tennessee Titans kept the second pick and used it to secure Mariota.
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The Browns never wanted to part with three first-round picks for the second selection, an offer the Titans likely would not have been able to refuse.
And according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Browns had qualms about surrendering even less. La Canfora reported the Browns would have been willing to trade the 12th and 19th selections for Mariota but balked at adding their second-round choice (No. 43) to a package for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
The Philadelphia Eagles didn't pull off a monumental move for Mariota, either, so the speculation about them shipping veteran quarterback Sam Bradford to the Browns fizzled.
Right now, veteran journeyman Josh McCown, 35, is projected to serve as the Browns' starting quarterback when they open the regular season Sept. 13 on the road against the New York Jets. In February, he signed a three-year, $14 million contract with $5.25 million of a guaranteed $6.25 million due this year. The Browns also have Johnny Manziel, Thad Lewis and Connor Shaw on the roster.
However, the first two picks could have created some trade opportunities for the Browns and other quarterback-needy teams.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on air the agent of Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Joe Linta, wants his client traded because the franchise chose Mariota. Mettenberger, a sixth-round pick in last year's draft, went 0-6 as a starter last season, completing 107-of-179 passes (59.8 percent) for 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions. His passer rating is 83.4.
With the Buccaneers taking Winston, perhaps they would be open to dealing quarterback Mike Glennon, who has been linked to the Browns in the past. Glennon, a third-round pick in 2013, is 5-13 as a starter. He has completed 364-of-619 passes (58.8 percent) for 4,025 yards and 29 touchdowns with 15 interceptions. His passer rating is 83.7.