You honestly have to feel bad for Cleveland Browns fans. They have dealt with 19 quarterbacks in 17 years, an incompetent front office, and an allergy to winning (they’ve only won 1-24 games). So what are they actively doing to change their organization around? Apparently, looking for a brand new quarterback, but in Browns fashion, it was denied due to their ineffectiveness.
According to ProfootballTalk, the Browns failed to actively follow league protocol to solidify a trade with the Bengals that would have shipped QB AJ McCarron to Cleveland.
Per multiple league sources, a trade becomes official only when both teams independently communicate the trade to the league office. It definitely doesn’t happen as the Browns claim they tried to do it, with chain of communication involving one team sending a form to the other team, which then signs the form and sends it to the league.
Grossi says that apparently the Browns were celebrating their trade and forgot to call in the deal before the deadline…
— Aaron Goldhammer (@HammerNation19) October 31, 2017
As ProfootballTalk stated, either the Browns made this mistake on purpose, or they really just don’t know how trade protocol works. Either way, fans are left sitting in the dark wondering if their team will ever be in a winning position.