By Ray Hamill
Congratulations to the Cleveland Browns, who are apparently so far out of touch with the world of the modern NFL they don’t even know how to use a fax machine.
But then again the fact that they’re trying to use a fax machine in the year 2017 on its own should probably tell us all we need to know about how the club is being run.
This week, with the NFL trade deadline looming, the Browns were unable to finalize a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals for quarterback A.J. McCarron all because they didn’t fax the necessary signed paperwork into the league office on time.
Both teams had reportedly agreed on the deal and had even signed off on it, but the Browns apparently thought the Bengals had sent the paperwork to the NFL and didn’t bother to do so themselves.
It’s kind of like the way they assume the other team is going to do all the work in the games on Sundays too.
The Browns are so bad right now, they are 1-23 dating back to the start of last season, including 0-8 this year. They have not had a winning season going all the way back to 2002, and have finished last in their division in 12 of the 14 seasons since then.
In the past two years, the team also has traded away draft picks that ended up as DeShaun Watson and Carson Wentz, two of the hottest young quarterbacks in the game.
To the Browns’ credit, they did ask the NFL to bend the rules and accept the trade anyway, seeing as both teams had agreed on it, wink, wink. Great idea guys, and sure while you’re at it, why don’t you just ask Roger Goodell for one of those nice shiny Vince Lombardi trophies they have lying around the league offices.
The ironic thing about the whole deal is that McCarron isn’t even that good, and they probably lucked out by not finalizing the deal.
He certainly did.