The Cleveland Browns trading for Jimmy Garoppolo never made sense, and now NFL Network’s Ian Rapopport throws more cold water on the speculation.
With each passing day, it becomes more and more evident that the Cleveland Browns have no interest in making a trade for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
That has actually been true for some time now, as the only reports linking the Browns to the latest backup quarterback du jour have been ones saying that the Brown should hand over whatever the Patriots want, rather than reports of true interest by the Browns.
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Of course, that has stopped many from speculating that a trade is about to happen at any moment – and some even have “sources” saying it is, if not imminent, certainly inevitable.
It’s been a rough time, however, for the Jimmy G truthers, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is the latest to throw some cold water on the fantasy of Garoppolo on the Browns.
"“From my understanding, the Patriots do not want to deal Jimmy Garoppolo. They really just don’t, whether it’s to the Browns, whether it’s to the Texans. Their stance right now … is they do not want to give up someone who they consider a franchise quarterback for a pick this year.”"
The idea that the Browns would be willing trade partners with the Patriots has never made sense – especially when people start tossing around first-round picks as the compensation that Cleveland would give up.
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The NFL is a league starved for quarterback play and teams simply do not trade talented quarterbacks. If the Patriots were ever truly open to trading Garoppolo, then that should have been enough of a warning sign for executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown to put New England head coach Bill Belichick on hold if he called.
The Browns are also not the only team looking for a quarterback, and the fact that no one else – not the San Francisco 49ers, the Chicago Bears, the New York Jets or the Houston Texans are willing to enter into trade talks – is yet another reason that the Browns need to just go about the business of finding their quarterback in the NFL Draft.
You know, the way that smart NFL teams do.