When a four-time MVP suddenly becomes a free agent, you can generally expect more of the NFL's 32 teams to be interested than not. But according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, there's at least one team not going after Peyton Manning: the Browns.
"Not really," Browns GM Tom Heckert said today. "That's probably not a direction we're going to go."
Heckert said during an informal meeting with the media today that he's unlikely to sign a big-name quarterback in free agency this summer, which would rule out a pitch for lauded Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn, one of the big names hitting the open market next week.
Heckert does, however, have his eye on next month's draft as a potential source of talent. He regards Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden as the top four signal-callers in this year's draft.
None of this is to say the Browns have given up on Colt McCoy, who started for the team last year. McCoy cranked out 2,733 yards and 14 touchdowns last season, and he still may make an impact in 2012. "We still think Colt can play in this league, and it's our job to help him out," Heckert said. "If we catch more balls, if we protect him more, he can be much improved."