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If the Browns and Seahawks had been talking in 2018 just a few doubtless substitute that will own sent quarterback Russell Wilson from Seattle to Cleveland, the man who coached the Browns on the time didn’t know anything else about it. Which, given the general dysfunction in Cleveland on the time, would possibly maybe maybe level-headed surprise no one.

Appearing with Zach Gelb on CBS Sports Radio, Hue Jackson said he wasn’t mindful of any discussions that will own took location between his then-boss, John Dorsey, and Seahawks G.M. John Schneider relating to a doubtless Wilson deal. But Jackson didn’t fully rule out the idea that the 2 males had a conversation relating to the likelihood.

“I’m sure John and John Schneider are of course tight,” Hue said of the old Packers’ colleagues, “and I’m sure if they’re having conversations on their occupy and right jiving around and doing these forms of issues. I’d assume if something used to be provocative about that, we — the govt. group — and the organization would own identified.”

So per chance they talked about it, and most almost definitely it by no methodology got to the point where Dorsey raised it with Hue or ownership. Because per chance Dorsey didn’t desire Hue or the rest of his teaching team or ownership to realise it used to be a likelihood.

Jackson said that he doesn’t assume Dorsey would own wished to construct the deal. Which, if Hue’s read is completely, makes it some distance more essential that Dorsey withhold it to himself, in show to forestall an proprietor who keeps a provocative ladle within the stew (while performing address he doesn’t) from changing into smitten with the foundation of touchdown Russell Wilson.

Then there’s the likelihood that Dorsey saved it to himself in the end of the preliminary dialogue fraction didn’t belief Hue to withhold his mouth shut relating to the likelihood. Given the media relationships Hue has cultivated for the gains of helping strategy his profession when needed, Dorsey doubtlessly made the simply name in being discreet, if there had been indeed conversations.

A fundamental wrinkle didn’t reach up within the Jackson interview: If the Browns had traded for Wilson they would own stepped into the looming duty to give him a market-surroundings contract. By taking Mayfield, the Browns will uncover a total lot of years of quarterback play at a good decrease price, allowing money to be spent in other places.

That’s why Schneider would own floated the likelihood, to reset the Seattle quarterback-compensation clock to “rookie wage scale,” so as that the group would possibly maybe maybe load the cannon around a competent young quarterback and compete for championships sooner than breaking over the piggy bank to reward the quarterback financially. And that’s why there’s a lingering sense the Seahawks will sooner or later entertain the different of transferring Wilson sooner than giving him but one other contract that makes him the top-paid player in league historical past.

As Cowboys exec Stephen Jones said final week on the #PFTPM podcast, it’s exhausting to rob with a quarterback who gobbles up a tall chunk of salary-cap pie (although, for the Cowboys, it’s now inevitable that Dak Prescott will). One day, some group goes to escape the numbers and declare that, with the total enormous young quarterbacks coming into the league on a current foundation, it doesn’t perform sense to withhold pushing the market to a novel degree at any time when the latest quarterback is due to the uncover a novel contract.

The Seahawks no lower than belief to be the likelihood in 2018, although Dorsey properly didn’t share that files with Hue Jackson or Jimmy Haslam.