breaking news

Man stabbed in the neck in Springfield; 2nd stabbing in city tonight

Browns GM says ‘wholly untrue’ he sabotaged trade with Bengals


Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown dismissed the idea he or anyone in his front office sabotaged the trade with Cincinnati for quarterback AJ McCarron that fell apart last week.

The teams failed to submit the proper paperwork to complete the trade before the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline, and the inability to execute the deal led to speculation that Brown intentionally scuttled the swap.

»RELATED: Bengals AJ McCarron on the trade that wasn’t

»RELATED: What Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said about failed trade

“That’s wholly untrue,” Brown said Monday during a 26-minute news conference as the winless Browns returned from a tumultuous bye week.

“We were all in there together. I’m not worried about that internally. Externally, I can just put it to bed. That’s just not the case. Nothing we would ever do, to try to make up a trade to sabotage a trade. Just wouldn’t make any sense.”

While unable to land a franchise quarterback, the Browns attempted to acquire McCarron as a stop-gap answer, and agreed to send second and third-round draft picks to the Bengals. However, the teams didn’t settle on the deal until late in the process and couldn’t complete it in time.

“I do think Cincinnati in earnest tried, I know we did everything humanly possible to get it done, and it just didn’t happen,” Brown said. “It’s truly that simple.”

But there were deeper layers, and the botched trade seemed to underscore a growing rift between Browns and his group and coach Hue Jackson his staff.

Brown acknowledged that the team’s 1-23 record over the past two seasons placed immense pressure on everyone in the organization.

“In these builds and in these moments, there is a lot of adversity that will put pressure on people and we have to stay united internally,” he said. “We are working together.”

Brown doesn’t believe he will lose his job because of the trade fiasco and said owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam understand the difficulty in turning around the Browns.

Brown also accepted responsibility for not doing a better job in acquiring talent for Jackson.

“It’s my responsibility to deliver a roster here that is talented enough to win week in, week out,” he said. “And we haven’t done that, yet. We have a very aggressive plan as we move forward to bolster this roster in a huge offseason, probably the most important we have coming up.

“We’ll plan to execute on it.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Too many turnovers, too much Cam Newton adds up to Bengals’ first loss of season
Too many turnovers, too much Cam Newton adds up to Bengals’ first loss of season

The Cincinnati Bengals couldn’t take care of the ball and didn’t have an answer for Cam Newton. Andy Dalton threw four interceptions -- one of which came on the last play of the game --- and Newton passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more Sunday afternoon in Bank of America Stadium. The result was a 31-21 Panthers’ win. Dalton...
Game schedule: Week 6 high school football
Game schedule: Week 6 high school football

Oakwood at Brookville, 7 p.m., ABC 22 / FOX 45, Ch. 45.2, Ch. 995 (Spectrum), Ch. 44 (Dish), mytvdayton.com Alter at Cin. Purcell Marian at Cin. Walnut Hills, OhioSportsline.net/ Arcanum at Bethel Bellbrook at Valley View, radio1.gemcitysports.com Bellefontaine at Kenton Ridge Benjamin Logan at Indian Lake Butler at Greenville Carroll at Badin...
Wittenberg Tigers blast Kenyon 45-3 to improve to 3-0
Wittenberg Tigers blast Kenyon 45-3 to improve to 3-0

Wittenberg University junior Nick Kendall knew he had to pay homage to the players who came before him. After finishing a 75-yard touchdown run, Kendall ran over the alumni section in attendance for Champions Night where he gave high-fives to multiple former Tigers football players. Kendall finished with 113 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries as...
Report: Ohio State discussing ‘coach-in-waiting’ scenario with Ryan Day
Report: Ohio State discussing ‘coach-in-waiting’ scenario with Ryan Day

Ryan Day returned to his role as Ohio State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Saturday after leading the Buckeyes to a 3-0 start.  He was filling in for head coach Urban Meyer, who was suspended after a university investigation found he mismanaged the employment of receivers coach Zach Smith.  >>GAME STORY: Ohio State crushes...
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina
Cincinnati Bengals: 5 storylines to watch in today’s game at Carolina

The Cincinnati Bengals are looking for their first 3-0 start in three years when they face the Carolina Panthers on the road Sunday. The Bengals opened the 2015 season 8-0 and went on to make the playoffs for a fifth straight year but haven’t been back since. This season already feels much different than a year ago when they finished 7-9 for...
More Stories