"He's a guy that's gonna come in and compete. We haven't had an opportunity to meet with him from a football standpoint because of the rules", Jackson told Steve Wyche of the NFL Network. "Coach [Bill O'Brien] didn't have a chance to get to know him".
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Jackson, though, would be open to trading the Browns second first-round pick (12th overall), and other picks, if that's what it would take to get the team help at quarterback.
Even the Browns admitted getting the second-round pick was the key to the deal.
But that isn't going to work as the Patriots are saying they will not trade him. That still might happen.
Haslam ultimately deferred to Sashi Brown, telling the media, yesterday, to ask him about it tomorrow-which is today-so perhaps we will hear more on this topic by the end of the day as Brown fields questions at the league meetings. They signed guys who have had off years before.
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Heading into the 2016 season, Jackson thought former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III might be the solution and extended a one-year contract after the former Heisman victor and No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft spent his 2015 season in Washington on the bench.
While the Browns have gone 11-37 over the past three years, Garrett's Aggies have gone 24-15, winning more than twice as many games in nine fewer opportunities. The Texans did not view him as their quarterback of the future. The 26-year-old was one of the biggest busts in free agency last season after signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans.
The Browns may also use their No. 12 overall pick to take a quarterback in the 2017 Draft. The Texans needed a quarterback; they signed an very bad one because of need.
"I think you're always looking to improve that room because I think we all know that's the driver of your football team", he said. I think you have to exhaust everything you're doing.
Asked about Garoppolo, Jackson said, "We're going to do anything and everything we think we can, but I can't comment on other teams' players at this point".
The Browns are armed with a ton of premium picks over the next two drafts, which should aid them considerably in their rebuilding efforts.
"Brock's on our roster and as long as he's on our roster, we're going to coach him hard", Haslam said.