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Bills tried to trade up with Browns, Broncos before getting Josh Allen at No. 7

The Bills got their man, quarterback Josh Allen, by trading up to the seventh overall pick in the draft. But they wanted to trade up higher.
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John calls me and says, 鈥楢ll right, here鈥檚 what we鈥檒l do,鈥?Beane said. We finalized the deal, but it鈥檚 contingent on his guy not being there. . . . I was a little bummed when Elway told me, 鈥楬ey, this is our guy.鈥?I felt like what I had to offer John was better than anybody else could offer. I felt like I was bidding against myself, basically.

In the end, Beane got a much better deal: To trade up from 12 to 7, Beane only had to give the Buccaneers two second-round picks, and not the 22nd pick in the first round. That allowed Beane to get Allen and then make another trade in the first round to get another player he wanted, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Beane thinks the trades he made ended up even better than the trades he tried to make.

The Browns, of course, made Mayfield the No. 1 overall pick. Teams don鈥檛 use No. 1 overall picks on players who are going to ride the bench for long. But Jackson also wants to make sure that Mayfield doesn鈥檛 get thrown into the fire before he is ready. The Browns have been down that road before.

Cody Kessler was 0-8 as a rookie in 2016, and DeShone Kizer went 0-15 as a rookie in 2017.

He has a lot of characteristics that we love. That鈥檚 why Mark Barberio Youth jersey he鈥檚 here, Jackson said of Mayfield. [But] let鈥檚 make sure we pump our brakes a little bit, because he鈥檚 got a ways to go and a lot to learn. I鈥檓 very excited about him. It was a good first day, but he鈥檚 got a ways to go. The guy you鈥檙e comparing him to [Taylor] has played a lot of games, and won games in the National Football League.
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