The chasm between the Browns coaching staff and front office grew even deeper in the aftermath of the failed attempt to land quarterback AJ McCarron from the Bengals, with team and league sources saying numerous coaches believe GM Sashi Brown had no intention of actually completing the agreed-upon trade. The Browns failed to send in signed paperwork to the NFL or call into the league office to potentially finalize the trade before Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline after making a verbal agreement with the Bengals to send two draft picks for McCarron. The degree of compensation -- a second- and a third-round pick -- struck the rest of the league as wildly inflated, and while rival executives can see why Brown would have balked in the end, backing out of a verbal commitment to another team is considered a massive breach of protocol within the NFL, leaving the Bengals, and Browns coaches, furious. It was well known within the Browns organization how highly coach Hue Jackson though of McCarron, who he coached previously with the Bengals, and in the fallout of the Browns not being involved in talks for Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, long a potential target of theirs, tensions were very high this week. Browns coaches were noting privately the social media activity of numerous front office personnel, some of whom sources said were out of the office Monday night as other trades were being consummated. Browns coaches also were furious about some execs leaving the building early on Tuesday to celebrate Halloween with the families, sources said, with the winless team foundering during a bye week and jobs clearly on the line.
Some Browns coaches believe GM Sashi Brown intentionally scuttled McCarron trade
CBS Sports | Nov 5