The Cleveland Browns were one of the teams that inquired about the availability of quarterback Sam Bradford in trade talks with the St. Louis Rams, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports.
"His name came up, not from us," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said at the league meetings on Wednesday. "Clubs inquired. But there was no consideration whatsoever on our part (to trade Bradford)."
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur was the Rams offensive coordinator during Bradford's first season in the NFL. Bradford took all the snaps for the Rams that season, earning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors while completing 60 percent of 590 pass attempts for 3,512 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
Shurmur left for Cleveland and was replaced by Josh McDaniels. An ankle injury limited Bradford to 10 games in 2011 and that injury, plus the lack of an off-season to learn the new system due to the lockout caused Bradford's numbers to fall significantly. Initially holding the No. 2 pick, the Rams answered all questions about their confidence level in Bradford by trading the pick to the Washington Redskins for a package of draft picks that included three first round selections.
"I evaluated him coming out, and watched him play," Fisher said of Bradford. "Obviously he had an exceptional rookie year. Last year was a difficult year for him. It was a difficult year for the entire Rams offense because of different circumstances. There’s no question after watching tape of his rookie year that he has a chance to be special."