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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Report: Browns not willing to trade two first-round picks for Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

The New England Patriots are said to have zero interest in trading Jimmy Garoppolo. And even if they wanted to, the team that could use the quarterback the most is reportedly unwilling to meet the incredibly high asking price it would take to acquire him.

The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 and No. 12 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Some have speculated that it would take both of those picks and then some to convince the Patriots to part ways with Garoppolo, and Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com believes there is little chance the Browns would part with both picks.

Cabot would not, however, totally rule out Cleveland sending the first overall pick to the Patriots.

One league source close to the situation speculated that the Patriots would want at least two first-rounders for Garoppolo. If that’s true, talks won’t get very far, because there’s no way the rebuilding Browns, who love high draft picks, will do that. But if takes the No. 1 overall and some second-rounders, I think that’s reasonable.

The problem with that is Bill Belichick seems to like late first-round picks and middle-round picks more than early first-round picks. There’s always a chance the Patriots coach could take the No. 1 overall pick and turn it into something else, but it seems highly unlikely.

In reality, all indications have been that the Patriots intend to keep Garoppolo — no matter what types of offers they receive. The Browns have the most resources available to entice Belichick, but reports like this make it seem like a guarantee that Jimmy G. is staying put.

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