Report: Browns are 'very high' on Johnny Manziel
Jan 12, 2014 at 11:25a ET
"Browns officials realize it may be a longshot to land Gus Malzahn, who nearly won a national title at Auburn and is very happy there, but his offensive innovation and the style of offense he runs is very much in line with what the team would like to put in place (the Browns are also very high on quarterback Johnny Manziel, sources said, who would be a perfect fit in a Malzahn offense)."
With the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Browns have a good shot at landing Manziel, but many believe they'll have to trade up for Johnny Football. Cleveland has ten picks, including two first-rounders, which gives them the ammo to make a deal if they can find a willing trade partner.
LaCanfora's report also notes that the Browns are still very interested in Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who has declined all interviews until the end of Denver's season:
"The Cleveland Browns have not given up hope on landing Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase as their next head coach, according to league sources, and, as the first person they wanted to interview for the job, are hopeful they eventually get the chance to do so. There are no guarantees that Gase will interview, and, some close to him believe he will remain uniquely equipped to be the it coordinator a year from now."
It is believed that Gase is very happy with his current situation in Denver and that he will be heavily pursued next offseason and could wait until he has his choice of jobs to make the jump to head coach.
(H/T CBS Sports)