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Browns hot after Robert Gallery in trade up with Chargers

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Personally, I don't see this happening, because then the Raiders would be able to draft QB Eli Manning, which I know the Chargers would not allow. :) But who knows. :laugh:


Browns hot after Gallery


Tony Grossi

Plain Dealer Reporter

The Browns have intensified their effort to acquire Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery in Saturday's NFL draft.

Acknowledging they have to go all the way to the top of the draft for Gallery, the Browns talked to the San Diego Chargers Wednesday night about a trade for the No. 1 pick.

The discussions were categorized as "serious" by one source with knowledge of the talks. It was the second time this week the Browns contacted the Chargers.

Earlier in the day, San Diego General Manager A.J. Smith acknowledged for the first time that Browns coach Butch Davis inquired on Monday about the parameters of a trade.

The Browns' second call on Wednesday was inspired by their strong belief that Oakland would take Gallery with the second pick in the draft.

Later, agent Tom Condon of IMG informed Smith that Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning does not wish to play for the Chargers and asked the team not to draft Manning. Condon apparently is trying to steer his client to the New York Giants.

It was also learned that the Giants informed the Chargers they would present a trade package for San Diego's No. 1 pick by Friday.

Smith has been shopping the San Diego pick so the team does not have to pay the estimated $15 million signing bonus expected to be demanded by the top choice of the draft. The Chargers also have numerous needs and would like to collect multiple picks.

The price tag for the Browns to move from No. 7 to No. 1 would be steep. It would include giving up the team's No. 1 choice in 2005 and at least one other choice in Saturday's draft, and probably more.

The Chargers have been haunted by their disastrous transaction in 1998, under the direction of then-General Manager Bobby Beathard, that resulted in selecting quarterback Ryan Leaf.

What is not forgotten by the current Chargers regime is the price the team paid to move up one spot, from No. 3 to No. 2, to select Leaf.

The Chargers traded with Arizona and gave the Cardinals their picks in the first round (No. 3 overall) and second round (No. 32), plus their first- round pick in the 1999 draft. The Chargers also sent Arizona return specialist Eric Metcalf and linebacker Patrick Sapp.

The current Chargers suspect that if they trade with the Browns, Manning could then be selected by the division-rival Raiders with the No. 2 pick. Facing Manning twice a year after bypassing him does not appeal to the Chargers. Trading with the Giants would assure the Chargers of not seeing Manning in the same conference, much less the same division.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

tgrossi@plaind.com, 216-999-4670

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Originally posted by Griff

Could this be a smokescreen for picking Taylor or KW2??? Hmmmmmm

Doubtful the Browns would take a safety or TE with the #1 overall pick

If they make a move like this, bet they snag Robert Gallery

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