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Cleveland not going after Manning

The Cleveland Browns are not likely to enter the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.

General manager Tom Heckert said Thursday the Browns will "probably not" make any attempt to sign Manning, now a high-priced free agent after being released by the Indianapolis Colts.

Meeting with reporters for the first time since recent heart surgery, Heckert says Manning is a "great player and all that, but where we're at and we're he's at, it's probably not a direction we're going in."

Heckert was guarded about the team's plans in free agency and the draft. The Browns have the No. 4 overall pick and could trade up to select Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, whom Heckert described as a "special athlete."

Heckert says the Browns remain interested in re-signing running back Peyton Hillis.

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