The Browns are among the teams that have had preliminary discussions with the St. Louis Rams about trading up for the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III would be the presumed target for teams trying to make the move.
The Browns, who have the fourth and 22nd overall picks, Washington Redskins (No. 6 pick), Miami Dolphins (No. 8 pick) and some quarterback-needy teams outside the top 10 in the draft order have talked to the Rams about a move, but nothing resembling a trade offer has been made, according to the report. Some teams might drop out of the RG3 sweepstakes depending on what happens in free agency, which begins at 4 p.m. March 13.
Rams General Manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher indicated at the NFL Scouting Combine that they would be willing to trade down from the No. 2 slot if they receive an offer they like. Fisher said a deal could even be reached before the draft, which starts April 26.
“There’s a lot of options,” Fisher said. “If we’re in a situation where we’ve got another member club that’s expressed interest, and the deal’s good, it could be done before the draft.”
When asked about the possibility of trading up for the No. 2 pick, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said: “We’re open to anything. ... We have the flexibility to do whatever we want.”
Former player sues NFL
A former Browns defensive lineman has sued the NFL, alleging concussions have affected his short-term memory and caused migraine headaches and other health problems.
Michael Myers’ lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Houston. It accuses the NFL of negligence, fraud and conspiracy in its handling of head injuries.
The Cowboys drafted Myers in 1998. He played six seasons for Dallas before finishing a 10-year career with the Browns, Broncos and Bengals.
An NFL spokesman said any allegation it sought to mislead players has “no merit.”
49ers sign Ahmad Brooks
Ahmad Brooks signed a six-year, $44.5 million contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday that will take him through the 2017 season and keep one of the NFL’s best linebacker units intact. The deal is worth $17.5 million guaranteed, said his agent, Greg Williams.
“Something was telling me just to sign here. I feel like this is where I should be,” said Brooks, who could’ve opted for free agency. “These are the people who gave me a chance to get this contract.”
Brooks, who will be 28 on March 14, emerged last season as a starter for the first time in his six-year NFL career, including two years with the Bengals.
Two players arrested
Virginia police said Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Nate Collins, 24, was charged with possession of marijuana Thursday during a traffic stop in Fauquier County. Police reported finding marijuana after stopping his car on Route 29 with an illegal window tint.
Meanwhile, Atlanta police charged free-agent linebacker Leroy Hill with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after neighbors complained about an odor from his condominium. Hill spent seven years with the Seattle Seahawks.
Season opener Sept. 5
The NFL is making way for President Barack Obama.
Opting to play a game on a Wednesday for the first time in 60 years, the NFL will open the season Sept. 5 to avoid conflicting with Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention the next night. The Super Bowl champion New York Giants will host an 8:30 p.m. game against a team to be announced. The last Wednesday NFL game was Sept. 22, 1948.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.