According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, multiple teams have inquired about Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell:
Told at least three teams have inquired about #Browns RFA Isaiah Crowell. CLE placed 2nd rd tender on Crowell after 952 yards, 7 TDs— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 13, 2017
At the moment, Fowler’s tweet is a little vague. Does it mean teams have started negotiating with Crowell and will try to sign him to an offer sheet, similar to how the Browns got WR Andrew Hawkins from the Cincinnati Bengals several years ago? If that is the case and Crowell signed an offer sheet with another team, Cleveland would have a few days to match. If they did not match the offer, the team that signed him would have to fork over a second-round pick to the Browns. We know the Browns value their draft picks, and a second-round pick might be enticing enough for them to not retain Crowell.
The alternative to Fowler’s tweet is that teams could be asking the Browns about him to see if they could work out some form of a separate trade for Crowell.
As it stands right now, if Crowell signs his tender, he’d be playing on a one-year deal worth $2.746 million. Crowell and the Browns had been trying to work on a multi-year deal early in the offseason, but weren’t able to reach a common ground.