dglobalnews.com Don't buy the Patriots' public posturing about not trading Jimmy Garoppolo
Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Don't buy the Patriots' public posturing about not trading Jimmy Garoppolo

Don't buy the Patriots' public posturing about not trading Jimmy Garoppolo

The possibility of trading the 12th pick in a package deal for Garoppolo while retaining the first overall pick in the draft (and taking defensive end Myles Garrett) would be a "dream scenario". Now add in the fact that Garoppolo has two career starts under his belt, and this is magnified even further.

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.

With a plethora of picks in this year's draft, the Cleveland Browns could take a major step forward in what figures to be an intense rebuilding process.

Then there's Garoppolo's contract status - going into his fourth and final year of his rookie deal.

But Garoppolo is a valuable commodity with so many teams looking for franchise quarterbacks. I think it seems more and more likely that if a deal does get done, it will be with the Browns.

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Obviously, the National Football League draft is hit or miss.

That, however, would probably not be enough for the Patriots to give up Garoppolo.

Then, we got a report today that the ante to sit at the trade table is two first-round picks. And just because a bust was chosen 12th overall in the past doesn't mean the Patriots would make a similar mistake this time around if they traded Garoppolo for that selection in 2017. He said there has been interest, but the Patriots, "won't unload Garoppolo unless a team meets their price". Garoppolo will be a free agent in 2018.

Belichick and the Patriots will continue to work the suitors for Garoppolo under the guise that they're happy to keep him.

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