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Cleveland Browns Attempted To Trade For Alex Smith

A general view of the Cleveland Cavaliers home court as fire is sprayed into the air.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 7: A general view of Quicken Loans Arena prior to the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors for Game 4 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs at on May 7, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Browns were in on Alex Smith.

On Wednesday night the NFL world was thrown into a frenzy after a reported trade between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs shipped Alex Smith to the Redskins in exchange for corner Kendall Fuller and a third round pick.

Not everyone loved the trade. Many believed the Redskins gave up too much, especially after learning Smith signed a contract extension with Washington worth $71 million guaranteed.

Smith's price may have been pushed up due to his demand. Other NFL clubs were in the running for the former No. 1 overall draft pick.

The Denver Broncos reportedly offered Washington a second round pick and Aqib Talib. No surprise, the Cleveland Browns were also in the mix. Cleveland drafted DeShone Kizer in the second round last season, but he struggled during his rookie campaign.

The Browns reportedly offered a higher draft pick to the Chiefs, but didn't want to sign Smith to a longterm deal. According to Pat McManamon, Smith would not have earned a longterm deal with Cleveland, like he did from the Redskins.

The Browns did offer one of their second-round draft picks to Kansas City for quarterback Alex Smith, according to a league source. But the four-year, $94 million contract that Washington gave Smith, who will be 34 this season, was not something the Browns were willing to do.

Kansas City liked Washington's deal the most. The Chiefs also had Smith's best interests at heart, trading him to a team that would ink him to a longterm deal.

[ESPN]