Minneapolis (NFL/Newsfeed) – Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman rebuffed the notion that he “fleeced” the Cleveland Browns by trading the No. 3 choose in the 2012 NFL Draft, allowing Cleveland to pick former Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
In the wake of Friday’s very first large draft-day deal, some reports speculated that the Browns could have taken Richardson with the No. 4 choose they originally held simply because the Vikings had been bluffing about other attainable trades.
“We did have provides on the table, I can tell you that. I’m not going to tell you who or what. But I will say Cleveland did the appropriate factor,” Spielman told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Monday.
“I think each teams benefited from that trade,” Spielman mentioned. “Cleveland got a very exclusive operating back (Trent Richardson), and it’s very important for their offense — and I feel we were able to achieve what we wanted.”
The Vikings took former USC left tackle Matt Kalil with the No. 4 choose. They also received fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round picks from the Browns.
Spielman sounded fairly pleased with the option of Kalil.
“You appear at the cost-free-agent marketplace each year,” he told the newspaper. “You’ve observed some pretty very good receivers who hit the industry this year. You’ve observed some corners who hit the market this year. But I can’t bear in mind when a premier left tackle ever has been out there to hit the industry. That’s the other piece of it that you believe about.”
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