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Browns offered Titans two first round picks to get Marcus Mariota, except they didn't

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The latest Marcus Mariota doesn't involve the Eagles, but it's still a crazy one. According to ESPN writer Pat McManamon, the Cleveland Browns offered the Tennessee Titans two first round picks to move up to the No. 2 overall pick in order to draft Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The Browns have been one of the teams rumored to be interested in Mariota. They need a quarterback despite drafting a Johnny Manziel in the first round last year and then signing Josh McCown this offseason. The Browns own selections at No. 12 and No. 19 overall so this could make sense.

Except...

Oh.

As I explained earlier, I can't help but think the Titans are behind all of these rumors. They so badly want someone to make a huge offer for their No. 2 pick. Their roster is depleted of talent and getting a team to supply them with a hoard of draft picks would greatly benefit them. Teams in pursuit of Mariota (the Eagles among them) can either succumb to the pressure or call the bluff.

Of course, I could be wrong. It won't take too long to find out.