While the cat is away the mice will play. The cat is owner Jimmy Haslam. He is away dealing with his own issues around the investigation by the Justice department into Flying J/Pilot. The mice include both team president Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi. The mice just stole the cheese and traded it to the Colts.
There are several things that stink like 10 year old limburger about this deal. The Colts will likely end up with a record of 10 or 11 wins. That severely dilutes the value of the first round pick the Browns got in exchange for RB Trent Richardson. That means that the pick will be in the 20’s.
Before the 2012 draft the Browns tried to trade for QB Robert Griffin III with the fourth and 22nd picks overall but were rebuffed by the Rams. Just because they have two first round picks does not guarantee they can trade up to get the best QB. The first pick is most likely to go to Jacksonville who will not trade it because they need a QB worse than the Browns do.