Patriots could want two first round picks for Jimmy Garoppolo

09 March, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Felix Jensen
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If the Patriots would accept trading Garoppolo for the Browns' pick at No. 12 and another later round selection, Cleveland would strongly consider that. Bill Belichick doesn't like having guys in the locker room who don't buy into what the Patriots are doing, so if Garoppolo started making noises about wanting to leave, Belichick would likely move him.

It remains to be seen whether Garoppolo can become an elite quarterback away from the New England cocoon with its great supporting cast of players and coaches, but from what we've seen (and heard from impressed opposing coaches such as Bruce Arians and Vance Joseph), he's certainly got a decent chance.

Cleveland has more than $102 million in cap space and could easily afford a Garoppolo extension; he has one year remaining on his rookie deal.

They were able to show off Garoppolo's skills while Tom Brady was suspended, saw a flawed quarterback class in this year's NFL Draft and simply waited for Jimmy G's price to keep rising.

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Obviously, the National Football League draft is hit or miss. Maybe not a first round pick, but maybe something else. "They're looking at next year because they can always tag Garoppolo next year and then trade him".

If Garoppolo is only an Andy Dalton/Kirk Cousins level franchise quarterback, then it will be totally worth it for the Browns to give up the fame to get him.

A team may still trade for Garoppolo in that scenario in order to avoid a free-agent bidding situation, but the bounty for the Patriots would probably be less than they can get now, and the new team would have the hard task of negotiating a long-term deal with a player who has limited starting experience. He said there has been interest, but the Patriots, "won't unload Garoppolo unless a team meets their price". And just when it's hit the "first rounder and another pick" hype?

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