Mike Holmgren says the Browns made an offer to the Rams for the No. 2 overall pick in next month's NFL draft that "was every bit the offer that was chosen," the team president told Browns season-ticket holders on a conference call Thursday, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.
The Redskins acquired the sought-after second choice from St. Louis in exchange for three first-round picks and a second-rounder in a trade announced last Saturday. Washington gave up that bounty for the right to move up four places in the draft, which likely will enable the team to select Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.
Reports had indicated that the Browns were willing to deal three first-round picks but not a second-rounder, but Holmgren said all of those reports were inaccurate.
"There are reasons it didn't happen," said Holmgren, according to The Plain Dealer. "There's a very close relationship with" the parties that got it done. I'm not sure any offer was going to be good enough. We were very aggressive and it didn't work. Rest assured, we were aggressively involved in that."
The "close relationship" that Holmgren alluded to reportedly referred to that of Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.
The Browns have two first-round picks this year - Nos. 4 and 22 - and those were reportedly part of the offer to trade up with St. Louis.
Holmgren reportedly told the season-ticket holders that he would discourage Browns GM Tom Heckert from trading down from the fourth spot.
Despite the fact that the Browns' keen interest in trading up is a sign of dissatisfaction with QB Colt McCoy, Holmgren and Heckert have both gone on record as saying they believe McCoy can be a successful quarterback for their team.