ESPN reported this past weekend that Rosen would be hesitant to declare for the 2018 National Football League draft if he knew that the Browns would select him with the No. 1 overall pick.
Rosen has publically supported the idea of players skipping bowl games to prevent career-threatening injuries in a game typically viewed as an exhibition matchup.
Rosen is reportedly hesitant to declare if the Browns (owners of the No. 1 overall pick) are targeting him and said on Tuesday that he would prefer to land with the right team, rather than merely the highest possible draft slot. That may change if the player himself has some thoughts about being a Brown.More news: Manchester City close to landing Southampton's Van Dijk
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With the regular season ending, the attention turns to the playoffs for the league's elite and the 2018 NFL Draft for teams that failed to live up to expectations with USC's Sam Darnold potentially being the prized rookie quarterback every rebuilding team wants to get their hands on.
If the Browns do decide to take Rosen, they could always pursue a trade, such as the one seen with Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. New general manager John Dorsey could follow a similar framework in negotiating a deal. Cleveland had the top pick in the 2017 draft as well, taking defensive end Myles Garrett. But there will be scouts and coaches who absolutely won't want him to be talking like that, because that's the kind of talking and thinking that gets other players to question things.
There's a possibility that Rosen may have given the Browns an out for a scenario that didn't interest them in the first place. Otherwise, Rosen will be proven right and he won't be the last one to avoid the Browns. The word egotistical was mentioned many times in referring to Rosen.