Dorsey, Browns Taking Calls for Top Draft Pick

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Dorsey is willing to take trade offers for the No. 1 overall draft pick. He's even encouraging teams to make that call. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS(AP)– John Dorsey might make a deal for the top pick in this year’s NFL draft — if the price is the right.

At the league’s scouting combine on Thursday, the Cleveland Browns general manager took his sales pitch public.

“There are a lot of things we can do at No. 1 and not just get a quarterback,” Dorsey said. “If someone wants to come up and make a trade, I’d make a trade, too. Just give me a call and see what’s up.”

Cleveland’s constant quest to find the right quarterback has become perhaps the most-watched show in the league.

They’ve used 28 different starters since 1999, and it’s unclear if they’ll cast aside yet another youngster, DeShone Kizer, after he led the league in interceptions and went 0-15 as the starter.

Dorsey has the advantage of having watched Kizer perform in the final four games of 2017.

“What I really liked was how much he improved from week to week,” Dorsey said. “I think I’ve told you that a young quarterback usually makes exponential growth from Year 1 to Year 2.”

Back home, anxious fans are still clamoring to find that elusive franchise quarterback.

They’re frustrated after watching Cleveland whiff on Johnny Manziel in 2015, trade the No. 2 pick to Philadelphia in 2016 that allowed the Eagles to choose Carson Wentz and pass last year on Deshaun Watson. Instead, they took Kizer in the second round.

And with a deep quarterback class and two of the top four picks in April, some think this could finally be the time. Dorsey might not see it the same way.

After acknowledging the Browns interviewed an unnamed quarterback on Wednesday night and intend to meet all of the big names before the bulk of the combine work wraps up Sunday, he dropped no hints about what the Browns might do with either pick.

Instead, he’s looking for long-term solutions.

Coach Hue Jackson, who is 1-31 over the last two seasons, certainly isn’t advocating for more change.

“I would hope not,” Jackson said when asked Wednesday if he intends to start a rookie QB. “There’s going to be other opportunities as we all know. We’ve just got to see how it all fits as we move forward.”

Finding a veteran quarterback in free agency, such as AJ McCarron, remains a possibility, too.

Hall of Fame QB Kelly says tests show return of oral cancer

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has once again been diagnosed with oral cancer.

Kelly released a statement Thursday through his publicist saying he is “shocked and deeply saddened” by the news, and vows to once again fight to overcome the disease. He did not go into specifics on the diagnoses except to say the cancer was discovered following a test.

“As our family has faced many trials and triumphs throughout the years, you have blessed us with your prayers. We are asking for those prayers once again,” Kelly said. “With all of you by my side, we will fight and win this battle together.”

Kelly then closed his statement by saying: “Staying ‘Kelly Tough’ and trusting God will carry us through this difficult time.”

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