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Edwards' name pops up in trade talks

Edwards' name pops up in trade talks

Dana Point, Calif. - The winds of trade blow through the corridors of the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, where NFL coaches and executives have gathered this week during annual league meetings.

In a sit-down to discuss the status of his team, Browns General Manager George Kokinis confirmed that he spoke with the New York Giants last month "about everything," but said a trade involving receiver Braylon Edwards "hasn't really come to fruition."

Just a few minutes later, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese tapped Kokinis on the shoulder and winked as he strolled by.

What to make of that? Stay tuned.

The Browns remain at the epicenter of numerous trade rumors. The latest reported in New York over the weekend had the Giants offering second- and fifth-round draft picks and a choice of receivers Domenik Hixon or Mario Manningham for Edwards.

There is talk here of the Philadelphia Eagles expressing an interest in Edwards, too.

The Browns also have been linked to trade rumors involving quarterbacks Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn and nose tackle Shaun Rogers.

Kokinis had several opportunities to put them all to rest Monday, but he didn't really do that.

"I think every day you have to go at it trying to acquire depth, trying to acquire competition, trying to acquire starters," he said. "I think that goes on every single day and it just doesn't stop. It doesn't stop at the draft. It doesn't stop at training camp."

Kokinis flatly stated that he was not "shopping" any player, specifically Edwards and Quinn. But that may be just semantics.

Asked about a Plain Dealer report that the Browns were open to trading anyone except offensive lineman Joe Thomas and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, he replied:

"When you come into a new situation, [with] all the changes in the coaches and the GMs, I don't think you go out and say, 'Hey, it's an open market and take whoever you want.'

"I look at somebody else's rosters. They look at our roster. That coach is going to look at that roster. He has familiarity with this player, he's coached this player down the line. I think exchanges occur.

"I don't think it's active with 'shop.' When you say the word shop, it's a specific player - 'Can I have a two for him?' I don't think we've done that at all."

Kokinis reiterated that nothing has changed in regard to the status of the quarterbacks since he took the GM job in February. He said he's looking forward to having both quarterbacks compete to see who adapts better to the offensive system being implemented by new coordinator Brian Daboll.

Also, he refused to address rumors of interest in Denver's Jay Cutler because he is under contract with the Broncos. But on the subject of adding another quarterback in the draft, Kokinis said, "I don't think we're going to close the door on any position."

You would think that all the rumors are driving Kokinis crazy. Think again.

"That's what makes it fun, stirs conversation. I don't mind it," he said.

The Browns GM addressed other issues, including:

Rogers: Kokinis said he believes the "miscommunication" between the nose tackle and coach Eric Mangini is being resolved.

Rogers is not participating in the team's off-season conditioning program, but Kokinis said Rogers recently had a "good conversation" with Mangini and also, he thinks, with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

"The communication is ongoing now and I think that's being cleaned up," Kokinis said.

He said Rogers intends to fulfill "his contractual obligations," but wouldn't elaborate if that means just participating in team functions that are mandatory, such as minicamps.

Kokinis also said that "whatever weight" Rogers played at last year "is fine by me . . . [because] he dominated."

The Cleveland Jets: Kokinis said he "pushed for a lot of the Jets" the team has signed in Free Agency. Four players have been added who played for Mangini as coach of the Jets.

"I was excited they wanted to play for their head coach that they had played for before," he said. "I think that showed something about Eric, that guys believe in that program."

Dont? Stallworth: The receiver has participated in the off-season program while authorities in Miami Beach investigate circumstances of what police say was the accidental death of a pedestrian struck by Stallworth's car.

"It's a serious matter. It's an unfortunate situation," Kokinis said. "Right now, it's an ongoing process. We're going to listen to his reps for direction. It's a tragedy and our condolences go out to the family [of Mario Reyes, the man killed]. We're just going to continue to monitor it right now."

Free Agency: "Our primary focus is the draft now, but if something becomes available or if there's something that we look up on the board that we like and it would be a good fit, we'll certainly take a look," Kokinis said.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: tgrossi@plaind.com, 216-999-4670

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Added: March 25, 2009

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