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Browns | Mike Holmgren said he urged draft trade with Minnesota

Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren disputed a report that the team got fooled into trading up to the No. 3 overall slot with the Minnesota Vikings to draft RB Trent Richardson. "Contrary to what was written and said, we had to compete," said Holmgren. "We weren't the Lone Ranger in that deal." Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said multiple teams were after the pick, even hours before the draft. Holmgren also stressed that he urged general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur not to let Richardson slip away. "You don't want to be up there, really," Holmgren said. "But we were up there so it was very, very important who we chose there. That's why we targeted Trent. We didn't want to lose him."

2012-05-05 05:50:49 | Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

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