Browns’ Expected To Pursue Alex Smith, Draft Quarterback To Groom
According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer , the Browns are expected to attempt to make a trade for Kansas City Chiefs veteran quarterback Alex Smith to serve as the “bridge” to the quarterback of the future, whom will be selected with one one of the Browns 1st round draft pick, likely the 1st overall pick.
Smith, who is owed $20.6M on his current deal, is expected to be shipped out of Kansas City, who are ready to roll with 2017 rookie Patrick Mahomes.
As for whom the Browns will draft, reports came out over the weekend that the team was interested in Baker Mayfield, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo.com.
“A lot of what he is as a player fits with the mentality of John Dorsey,” according to a source in Robinson’s report. “Just his mental makeup as a player, John believes in building around those kinds of guys. … I think he’s a strong candidate [for the top pick] after this week.”
It seems like a sensible plan but if the Browns can’t land Smith they will not give up on acquiring a veteran stop-gap signal caller for 2018.