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The Browns and Negotiations with the First Pick....

Reb8thVA : 4/13/2018 9:05 am
Teams with the first pick are usually considered on the clock and can begin negotiations with their pick in advance.

-- How far in advance have teams previously begun negotiations? Anyone have a sense?

-- Do you think the Browns will wait until draft night to reveal their pick? I tend to believe the Browns aren't going to trade that first pick, but do they still hold out until draft night?
They will not  
jvm52106 : 4/13/2018 9:08 am : link
let any of that slip for a bit until they totally make up their mind. I bet they hold on to this as long as possible to see if someone in the top 3 (I.E. Giants and Jets) offer something big to jump to 1.
Is this really a thing anymore?  
ZogZerg : 4/13/2018 9:08 am : link
It was a big deal when draft picks made a shit load of money. But now, things are "slotted". I don't recall negotiations for a first pick overall happening for some time now.
Is this is still a thing that happens since the intro  
Ten Ton Hammer : 4/13/2018 9:09 am : link
of the draftee contract slotting system?
I don't think teams  
Big Rick in FL : 4/13/2018 9:12 am : link
Have started negotiating with players prior to the draft in a while. They haven't done it since the picks are now slotted.
This draft is unique  
JonC : 4/13/2018 9:17 am : link
due to the array of blue chip talent and the QBs, teams have been jockeying for position constantly. Expect it to continue until the Browns settle on strategy.
I think if you  
jvm52106 : 4/13/2018 9:23 am : link
believe one guy is easier to sign than another (what if behind the scenes Darnold's guys are saying we don't want to play for Cleveland), then this would still be a thing. It is less about money and more about getting the guy on board.
There's a few ways for them to go  
Beer Man : 4/13/2018 9:27 am : link
Two that I can think of:
1. If they have one or two players at the top of their board, they can start negotiating now to ensure they get a guy they really want

2. Know who they want, but wait until they are on the clock to see if anyone (like the Giants) are will to give up significant value to get the pick. They can drop back a few slots and still get a guy they want

I think they wait.
I think the NFL basically stopped this because with  
TheMick7 : 4/13/2018 9:27 am : link
the prime time 1st round of the draft, they want the question(s) of who will go where to be talked about up until the pick is actually made!
I think Stafford  
cjd2404 : 4/13/2018 9:43 am : link
was the last 1st pick who was picked before the draft started, and that was only the day prior
OK, I must be mistaken then.....  
Reb8thVA : 4/13/2018 9:44 am : link
I thought the Rams did it with Goff.
Remember, the Browns pick at 4 too  
Keith : 4/13/2018 9:46 am : link
so what happens with the next 2 picks will effect them. Normally, the first pick can announce or let it be known because no other team can effect their pick. This year is different with the Browns sitting at 4 too. I don't expect us to know who they are picking until draft night.
The Rams..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 4/13/2018 9:54 am : link
might have done it with Goff, but remember - they traded up to the #1 spot.

Even then, I'm not sure they negotiated early, but if they had, they'd already made their move to trade up and had identified their target.
TTH has it right...  
Capt. Don : 4/13/2018 10:24 am : link
When rookie contracts were no longer bracketed there was a reason to start negotiating early for two reasons.

Obviously it gave the club more time to get a deal done and the player to camp on time.

It also gave the team some leverage with the implied...

"here is what we are offering for you to be the #1 pick. Or we can offer it to someone we have graded just as high as you."
the unique thing about this draft for the browns  
GFiLA : 4/13/2018 10:35 am : link
is that they also have the 4th pick. It would not be wise for them to tip their hand on the first pick. If they do then the 2 and 3 would have more power. I would think that the real issue that the Browns face is that they are looking at which two players they will get not about who is the first pick.
Let all the predraft trades happen and then strategize about how to get the two players that they covet. Even if it means that their top choice is picked at 4.
Isn t it possible  
joeinpa : 4/13/2018 11:16 am : link
NFL has asked them to wait unti draft night; adds more drama
RE: Remember, the Browns pick at 4 too  
AcesUp : 4/13/2018 11:20 am : link
In comment 13912605 Keith said:
Quote:
so what happens with the next 2 picks will effect them. Normally, the first pick can announce or let it be known because no other team can effect their pick. This year is different with the Browns sitting at 4 too. I don't expect us to know who they are picking until draft night.


Yup. Having the 4th pick complicates things, that's another variable that will impact what they do at 1. It doesn't really benefit them to act early here.
I think they'll keep the first pick and choose their favorite qb.  
Ira : 4/13/2018 11:28 am : link
They've been in qb hell for so long. They've already got lots of picks. They need a few top players to lead the team.
This isn't as important a factor...  
Torrag : 4/13/2018 12:02 pm : link
...since the new CBA essentially 'slotted' the numbers for these guys as it was when it was an open negotiation and getting it done could cement your place as the #1 pick.
Haven't teams with the first pick negotiated with  
TMS : 4/13/2018 1:35 pm : link
their target before the draft in the past ?
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