On Wednesday, a few more details came out regarding what the Cleveland Browns were offering for QB Alex Smith. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, the team was willing to part ways with either No. 33 or No. 35, “but weren’t prepared to sign him to the blockbuster extension that the Redskins did.”
Benjamin Albright talked with Nathan Zegura on Browns Daily and confirmed that Smith “chose” the Redskins because of the long-term deal they were offering. That adds some confirmation to my belief that the Chiefs organization were partially looking to do right by Smith by allowing him to have some input on where he was traded.
On @Browns_Daily right now @AllbrightNFL said that “Alex Smith chose Washington due to the long term deal that the Skins were offering.” Added Browns offered multiple picks but wanted him for short term deal and Denver offered a 2nd and Aqib Talib!— Nathan Zegura (@NathanZegura) January 31, 2018
Contrasting from Cabot’s report, Albright says that the Browns offered multiple picks. He also adds that the Denver Broncos were willing to give up a 2nd round pick and CB Aqib Talib. Jason La Canfora also weighed in on the matter:
Reported last week Browns openess to trade a high 2nd rnder for Alex Smith. I figured that would do it. Skins went higher w/pick and player— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 31, 2018
Now, we continue to ponder who the Browns turn their attention to next in the pursuit of a veteran quarterback.