Former Browns executive Mike Holmgren says he would have quit if they had traded Trent Richardson on his watch.
Browns great Jim Brown would have loved to have seen Holmgren get fired after their falling out a few years ago.
“Mike is not from Cleveland. I’m a Cleveland Brown,” Brown said, via CBS Sports. “So he gave me a choice of taking three dollars and doing a little dancing for him out there. I said, ‘Mr. Holmgren, I’m sorry… I don’t dance… become a mascot type of guy. And I cracked up but I wrote him a letter. And I stated those things, and I had a little humor with it because I knew ultimately I would probably be back because Cleveland is my home. I have great roots there and I love the people and the people love me.”
Brown says Holmgren took advantage of former Browns owner Randy Lerner.
“[Holmgren] had all his boys that were going to come in and take advantage of the kind of money that he could pay his guys and never really be there,” Browns said. “He took advantage of Randy (Lerner) and it was just a shame. Randy’s a good guy. Young owner. Wanted someone to take the pressure off of him. Mike came in, saw the weakness and took advantage of it.”
Unlike Holmgren, Brown loves tot he Richardson trade.
“I was surprised,” Brown said regarding the trade. “But then I thought it was a brilliant move… Because first of all, Trent [Richardson] couldn’t have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed.”