Boca Raton, Fla. — Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown suggested Monday the possibility of the team signing free-agent quarterback Robert Griffin III is much more likely than trading for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Brown also said acquiring a veteran quarterback wouldn’t preclude the organization from drafting a quarterback high April 28. The Browns have the second overall pick and could use to it select California’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz as the franchise’s quarterback of the future.
Griffin visited the Browns last weekend and left without a contract, but the team’s brass hasn’t ruled out signing him. The former No. 2 overall pick, Griffin spent the past four seasons with Washington, which cut him March 7. He also has visited the Jets.
“We had a good visit and we’ll continue to have some discussions internally and see where it goes,” Brown told The Akron Beacon-Journal.
The Browns also were interested in Kaepernick, but trade talks with the 49ers stalled.
Brown spoke as if that ship has sailed.
“All of those discussions were very preliminary, way over reported, period,” Brown said. “But (we’re) not actively engaged with San Francisco and at this point don’t anticipate being actively engaged with San Francisco, but I know it’s that time of year when something can catch a headline.”
Brown said the organization’s level of interest in trading for Kaepernick was exaggerated by the media.
“So and so is reporting we’ve got into contract negotiations and draft-pick negotiations with San Francisco that just weren’t happening,” he said. “We were called about whether or not we’d have some interest and had some very preliminary discussions, and it didn’t go much further than that.”
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