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Troy Smith wants to play for the Cleveland Browns

Troy Smith wants to play for the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens backup quarterback recently told ESPN Radio's Cleveland affiliate.

Smith, who grew up in Cleveland, has occasionally talked about his affection for the city since he was drafted by the Ravens in 2007.

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When asked about his desire to play for the Browns, Smith told ESPN Radio, "There is no doubt about it. It has always been a childhood dream of mine."

Smith added, "It's funny how we always talk about Cleveland. That's the first thing that comes to mind with anything I do whether I get a chance to come home and be a part of that organization or not. You know, I would love to get that chance if that opportunity comes up, but the political and right thing to say in this situation is that I would love to be anywhere that would give me a chance. But, without a doubt, there would be no second guessing in my mind if I could come back home and be a part of something that I love."

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Smith's agent requested a trade earlier this month. And Buffalo Bills safety Donte Whitner lobbied his team through twitter to acquire Smith earlier this week.

Still, Smith's limited action in the regular season and preseason has hurt the trade value for the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner.

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