It's been an interesting free agency for the Cleveland Browns to say the very least about their movements during the period.
The Browns offense has seen a lot of additions already in 2015 and we're still not even close to the draft, where the Browns are bound to do something crazy like last year. So far, we have seen two quarterback's come in to the Dawg Pound in Josh McCown and Thad Lewis, whilst the receiving corps has been boosted by the arrival of Brian Hartline and the potential signing of Dwayne Bowe.
But that wide receiver group nearly got an even bigger addition, in the form of Arizona Cardinals legendary wideout Larry Fitzgerald.
According to a report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Browns got in contact with the Cardinals about the possibility of trading for the 31-year old star in what is quite a shocking revelation.
"The Browns inquired about trading for eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald before he restructured his contract last month, a league source told Northeast Ohio Media Group," Cabot wrote in an article on the subject.
"The Browns were one of a number of teams that called, but Fitzgerald ended up reworking his deal and now has a no-trade clause," she added.
A three-time All-Prom, Fitzgerald is widely respected around the National Football League and his acquisition would have helped the Browns’ credibility as well as their passing game. And the Browns are a team that need all the help they can get on both fronts now, with their 1st round quarterback currently in rehab and star receiver suspended yet again.
The Browns have had an absolute nightmare trying to replace Josh Gordon, the incredibly talented young wide receiver who has found himself suspended yet again for a large period of time. This time Gordon's ban is a minimum of a year, with NFL commissioner then deciding after that year is up whether or not Gordon is suitably rehabilitated and deserving of coming back into the NFL.
Last season the Browns had to make do with a wide receiving group that saw Andrew Hawkins become their number one target. As you might be able to imagine, that did not go so well.
After failing to get Fitzgerald in, and if Dwayne Bowe chooses to go elsewhere, then we can expect the Browns to pick a receiver in the first round of the draft. What happens between now and draft night however is anyone's guess thanks to the unpredictability in Cleveland right now.