Browns address trade rumors, Thursday's QB

Browns address trade rumors, Thursday's QB
GM Ray Farmer answers tough questions from the media. (Source: WOIO)
GM Ray Farmer answers tough questions from the media. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to address the quarterback situation, trade rumors and Thursday night's primetime game.

Early Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport, with NFL Network, reported the Browns were looking to trade main players, including Joe Thomas and Alex Mack.

With the NFL trade deadline at 4 p.m., many fans were wondering if the Browns would make a move.

At the last minute, rumors began swirling about Thomas' future with the team. Thomas had reportedly been traded to the Denver Broncos, along with a fourth round pick.

Mack squashed the rumors Monday night, telling national media he would not waive the no-trade clause in his contract.

At Tuesday's press conference, Browns General Manager Ray Farmer confirmed the rumors were false.

"The stuff that's out there, how it gets out – it was unfortunate that the stuff would get put out when it got put out on game day. All that does is just add to the adversity that you have to deal with as a team, the equivalent of throwing a grenade in the locker room. You have guys that are focused trying to get ready for a game and somebody is going to put out a report about players potentially being shopped and how that spread. It's disappointing that it happens, but I get it that it's a part of the business. We talk about when things aren't going the way you want them to go – I addressed this after the Rams game – it adds up to it's the adversity that we deal with, and it's something that we don't have control over. It's a good test of mental toughness and professionalism and all that. It's not easy when you talk to those guys and know that or you see a comment like (OL) Joe Thomas – he's a Brown; wants to stay a Brown. Alex Mack, the feeling is mutual with Alex. We love having him here and don't want to see him go," said Head Coach Mike Pettine.

During the press conference, Pettine reconfirmed that no decision had been made about who will start at quarterback in Thursday game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"We'll see where Josh is today and see where he is tomorrow. As the information becomes available, we'll act on it," said Pettine.

Pettine said he feels Johnny Manziel has covered a lot of ground since last year and understands how to use the plays more.

"From a mentality standpoint, they're both taking the mentality that they're going to be the starter. Just given the unique nature of this week, essentially, it's a lot of walk-through stuff. So to have a guy out there, you can really work two guys, as far as the huddle. We'll see where Josh is tonight. As we get information that helps us make a decision and we feel comfortable acting on it, we'll do it," said Pettine.

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