View Photo Gallery: Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is a highly coveted prospect heading into the 2012 NFL draft.

Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren believes that his franchise never had a legitimate shot at acquiring the St. Louis Rams’ second overall pick in the NFL Draft because of the relationship between Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and Rams Coach Jeff Fisher.

According to a story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer Thursday, Holmgren said the Browns’ offer to the Rams – which would have positioned them to draft Robert Griffin III – was “every bit the offer that was chosen.”

The Redskins gave up the sixth overall pick, their 2012 second-rounder (39th overall) and first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 to secure the Rams’ choice..

Holmgren wouldn’t divulge what Cleveland offered, but said it was enough to land the pick.

“I’m not going to tell you exactly what we offered, but I will say what we had offered for the pick was every bit the offer that was chosen,” Holmgren said in a conference call with Browns season-ticket holders . “There are reasons I can’t go into right now why it didn’t happen, but there’s a very close relationship between the people that were involved in getting the deal done, and the people eventually got it done. I’m not sure if any offer we made at the end of the day was going to be quite good enough.”

Shanahan and Fisher served as assistants together in San Francisco years ago and remain good friends. Holmgrem believes that gave Washington the edge over what he described as a valiant effort by the Browns.

“Rest assured we were aggressively involved in that,” Holmgren said. “It didn’t work. Do you take your ball and go home? No. You go to the next step. We didn’t fold up our tent. Now we’re going to do what we have to do based on the fact we didn’t get that done.”

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