Vickers Stunned the Team Drafted Stanford’s Owen Marecic

Browns fullback and pending free agent Lawrence Vickers said his phone began buzzing constantly Saturday afternoon and he wasn’t sure why. Soon after, Vickers was notified the Browns drafted Stanford’s Owen Marecic in the fourth round, which likely signaled the end of Vickers’ tenure in Cleveland. Over the past five seasons, Vickers has developed into one of the NFL’s top fullbacks and he helped pave the way for Browns running back Peyton Hillis to have a career year (1,177 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns) in 2010.

But with the Browns switching to a West Coast offense under rookie head coach Pat Shurmur, they appear ready to move in another direction by drafting Marecic. Vickers, who is training in his hometown of Houston, Texas, told ESPN.com’s AFC North blog that he was shocked by the news. “Honestly, my first reaction was ‘Wow,’’” Vickers said in a telephone interview Sunday.

“I’m amazed. I was amazed I was still a free agent and wasn’t signed [by the Browns] before the deadline. I didn’t understand it. But at the same time I do understand because nothing has ever come easy to me. So I was prepared for it. If they want me, they want me. If they don’t, they don’t. As a man, you have to be prepared for anything. But in the back of my mind I thought I would be in Cleveland.”

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5 Responses to “Vickers Stunned the Team Drafted Stanford’s Owen Marecic”

  1. Denolakes says:

    A team needs 4 good backs. Vickers, Hardesty, Marecic and Hills would be pretty solid backfield. Sign him now; with his rep, he could easily become trade bait . . .

  2. It’s all about finding their guys. Just like Savage traded Faine even though he was perfectly fine at center. Getting rid of Royal and Vickers by drafting more West Coast-style options is just Holmgren’s way of putting his stamp on the team.

  3. Matt Loede says:

    Andy, I am sure they wish O’Hara was still around as well. As for finding their guys, Vickers proved his worth over the years to the Browns, and I think they are jumping the gun on just not bringing him back since he’s not “their guy,” they should simply make him “their guy”!

    • Chris says:

      Agreed. I certainly get the idea of a new broom sweeping clean and all that. But sweeping clean randomly can be as much a setback as it is an improvement. It’s one of the reasons I opposed firing Mangini in the first place. We don’t or at least shouldn’t need to shed as much talent now as we did when Eric took over.

      If this were a GM sim and I were taking on this team, I’d look at a guy like Vickers as what was working and try to make him one of “my guys”. It’s a quicker climb when you have a base to work from.

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