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2012 NFL Draft: Rams Trade Market Heats Up As Browns Reportedly Not Interested In Matt Flynn

The 2012 NFL Draft is still over a month away, but multiple sources are saying the St. Louis Rams are planning on trading the No. 2 pick to the highest bidder. In the wake of Robert Griffin III's impressive showing at the NFL scouting combine, the market for the pick is almost certain to improve in the weeks leading up to the draft. Two factors that will play in to the offers the organization receives for the pick are the availability of Peyton Manning and Green Bay Packers free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn.

Manning's situation is more tenuous due to a serious neck injury that sidelined him for the 2011 season, but now Mary Kay Cabot of the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the Cleveland Browns -- a leading suitor for Robert Grifiin III -- are not expected to make a serious offer for Matt Flynn. If true, this can only be considered good news for the Rams. Less options for the Browns on the free-agent market means they might enter the bidding with the Washington Redskins for the No. 2 pick. Cleveland holds two first-round picks, while the Redskins will be able to offer more late round selections in the 2012 draft, but more bidders means more good options for Jeff Fisher and the Rams heading into draft day.

NFL free agency begins on March 13, and the developments in that market will help to determine how much the Rams can exact from other teams when it comes to the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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