Incompetence on parade
Looking for another reason for Jimmy Haslam III to cashier his entire front office? Try what reportedly happened at Confusion Central in Berea Tuesday.
With the National Football League trade deadline winding down to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, the Browns and Cincinnati Bengals reportedly beat the deadline with a deal in principle with five minutes to spare.
The Bengals agreed to send backup quarterback AJ McCarron to the Browns in exchange for one of the Cleveland’s three second-round picks next year and their third-rounder. The agreement, again reportedly, was reached right around 3:55 p.m.
Only one problem. The Browns reportedly failed to file the paperwork to the NFL clearing house by the 4 p.m. deadline. The Bengals did at 3:55 p.m.
Supposedly, and again reportedly, the Browns’ brass was celebrating the trade and did not file in time.
Too late said the NFL. No deal. The Browns’ appeal reportedly was rejected. It was as though it never happened.
The Browns, who have failed to execute properly on the field so spectacularly the last 24 games, failed in similar fashion off the field with this one.
The rejection undoubtedly ticked off both clubs. The Browns have been angling for McCarron for a couple of years, or since Hue Jackson joined the club as head coach. He was McCarron’s offensive coordinator in Cincinnati before heading up north.
The Bengals had to be royally ticked off because the Browns’ tardiness cost them two valuable draft selections next year.
In a way, though, this could be a blessing in disguise for the Browns. Sometimes the best deals you make are the ones you don’t make.
Since when is 27-year-old AJ McCarron worth two fairly high draft picks? Take Jackson’s word for it? Not after what we’ve seen from his quarterbacks the last season and a half.
First of all, the Browns were offering way too much for a quarterback who was a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and has no history that would suggest he would be the answer to the Browns’ quarterback problems. A fourth-rounder and conditional third-rounder maybe. Not this.
The former Alabama star has started only four games as a professional, all in 2015 after Andy Dalton broke his thumb in week 14. He has thrown eight scoring passes with four interceptions.
Hopefully the new front office (fingers crossed) will see things a lot differently than this one. Much more on that in Wednesday’s mid-week thoughts.