It’s no secret that the Washington Redskins beat out the Cleveland Browns to trade for the St. Louis Rams’ second overall pick in the draft and the rights to select quarterback Robert Griffin III or, if something unexpected happens, quarterback Andrew Luck.
But according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Redskins also bested the Browns in the pursuit of wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan.
When free agency kicked off on the afternoon of March 13, the Redskins sprung into action, landing both Garcon and Morgan within the first two hours of the signing period.
Both are expected to help boost a passing game that lacked explosive playmakers and didn’t feature a single 1,000-yard receiver.
The Browns reportedly found themselves in need of the same, and thought both Garcon and Morgan could help them and their Colt McCoy-led offense.
But, the Redskins seemed like a more attractive destination, and had more to offer to both receivers.
So, if you’re keeping score at home, that’s Redskins 3, Browns 0. It’ll be interesting to see what happens on the field, where Cleveland is scheduled to host Washington this season.
Browns’ team president Mike Holmgren had lamented the fact that he lost out on the Rams’ pick because of a strong relationship between Mike Shanahan and Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher.
It’ll be interesting to see if he has a take on losing out on two targets to the passing game to Washington as well.
One thing’s for sure, Shanahan and Holmgren have similar thoughts on what it takes to fix a franchise. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, I suppose. The two Super Bowl-winning coaches both come from the Bill Walsh tree and each had stints as offensive coordinator in San Francisco.