1. Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Browns for 12th pick, third-round pick and 2018 second-round pick
The New England Patriots will not trade Garoppolo under any scenario. That’s the information Bill Belichick and Co. have decided to leak to the media. It’s also about as false as it gets. If the defending champions were to receive the right offer, they would move their backup in the blink of an eye.
New England has already exhausted draft capital in acquiring Brandin Cooks from the Saints. It also made two other moves that pushed the team down in the pecking order in the mid rounds.
If there’s one thing that has defined New England’s excellence over the past two decades, it’s the team’s forward-thinking mentality. Tom Brady isn’t retiring any time soon. Garoppolo is set to become a free agent after next season. There’s no real reason for the Pats to keep Garoppolo around unless they decide to move on from Brady here soon. That’s not happening.
After picking up a 2018 second-round pick in the Houston Texans’ salary dump of Brock Osweiler, Cleveland can afford to offer up that pick and change to make this work. It might be a stunning trade in the grand scheme of things, but it also makes too much sense.