For the first time since the free agency period started on Tuesday, Browns President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert addressed the latest offseason developments publicly in a conference call with season ticket holders. Holmgren was particularly open about the Browns' interest in acquiring the Rams draft pick and moving up to the No. 2 slot, where Robert Griffin III will almost certainly be drafted. Holmgren was pointed, stating that the Browns offer was the same as what the Redskins offered but also adding that a pre-existing relationship was likely a large reason for why the Browns lost out.
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#Browns Holmgren on RG3 offer to Rams: "what we offered was every bit the offer that was chosen.''— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 15, 2012
Cabot also tweeted that Holmgren cited a close relationship between the Rams and Skins as the reason it got done, stating, "not sure any offer we made was going to be quite good enough.''
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Holmgren also added that while the Browns were aggressively involved in a deal to land the No. 2 pick, he did say he will discourage Tom Heckert from trading down out of the No. 4 pick.