The Browns’ offseason search for a quarterback included the Super Bowl MVP.
They offered the No. 35 pick in the NFL Draft for Nick Foles but the Eagles said no, NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported Tuesday, citing three sources.
According to the report, the Eagles ran the deal by Foles, who preferred to stay in Philadelphia. He came off the bench to lead the Eagles to the championship after Carson Wentz was injured late in the regular season.
The Browns, who had previously tried to trade for quarterback Alex Smith before Kansas City sent him to Washington, then settled on a deal with Buffalo for Tyrod Taylor. The Browns sent the Bills the No. 65 pick.
They then drafted Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick.
With the No. 35 selection offered to the Eagles, the Browns took Georgia running back Nick Chubb.
The Eagles publicly asked for much more than a high second-round pick, valuing Foles as insurance if Wentz isn’t healthy by the start of this season. Foles, originally a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2012, threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-33 win over New England in the Super Bowl.
Third-round defensive end Chad Thomas and fourth-round receiver Antonio Callaway signed their rookie contracts Tuesday, making it six of Cleveland’s nine draft picks to finalize deals.
Mayfield, No. 4 pick Denzel Ward and Chubb remain unsigned.
Thomas started 33 games at Miami with 103 tackles and 11 sacks.
Callaway had several off-the-field incidents at Florida and was suspended for the 2017 season. He started 24 of 26 games in his career with 89 catches for 1,399 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensive end Myles Garrett might have a career as a draft analyst. The No. 1 pick in 2017 said he nailed the first five picks last month.
“You can ask my dad,” he said Monday at the team’s charity golf outing. “I’m not an expert. Guys feel like they know everything, I just got lucky. It’s kinda like blackjack, if you’re feeling lucky you might as well hit on that 12.”
Ward was a bit of a surprise at No. 4, but Garrett said he told his family the picks the night before the draft. He admitted he might’ve had a little inside information regarding Cleveland’s choices.
While coach Hue Jackson hasn’t ruled out shifting Joel Bitonio to left tackle if it’s best for the line, Bitonio expects to remain at left guard.
“I know every game I’ve ever gone out to play I’ve played left guard,” he said of his NFL career. “Every practice I’ve played left guard. I don’t think I’ve taken a snap at another position since I’ve been here.
“So left guard is my home right now. I’m a team guy, though. Anything they need I’m willing to give a try, but I think right now the plan is to find a guy to play left tackle, and I’m going to stick right at left guard.”
Second-round pick Austin Corbett, Shon Coleman and veteran Donald Stephenson are the top candidates to replace Joe Thomas at left tackle.
Receiver Jarvis Landry is No. 52 on NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2018. The Browns acquired him from Miami in a March trade.
Landry was No. 42 on the list in 2017 and No. 98 in 2016.
Running back Carlos Hyde, signed as a free agent from San Francisco, was voted No. 97.
** The Browns signed linebacker DeMarquis Gates (6-foot-2, 230 pounds), an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi. He had 282 tackles, nine pass breakups, six sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 49 career games.