According to Matt Miller (Senior NFL Draft Lead Writer at Bleacher Report and Founder of New Era Scouting), agents for top draft picks have told him their clients do not want the Browns to draft them-
“I have now heard from three agents, all with Top 10 picks, who don’t want to play for the #Browns.”
“#Browns fans are missing the point. A) Don’t shoot the messenger. B) Draftees not wanting to play there says a lot about free agency too.”
When asked, “You think trading out of the top 10 like that have in 2009 & 2011 hurt their perception?” Miller had this response-
“I do. Phil Taylor is a damn fine player, but two trades out of a top money pick? People notice.”
With the new collective bargaining agreement, draftees’ salaries aren’t going to be that different regardless of who selects them. It is the draft position that matters, not the team doing the drafting. Still, a reputation for being cheap around the league certainly isn’t one you want.