Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots is one of the hard targets by several NFL teams, including the Cleveland Browns. For the right price, the Pats were willing to deal but it seems the asking price was way off.
Thus, Browns' general manager Sashi Brown has elected to move on and make do with what he has. They do own the first overall pick in the coming 2017 NFL Draft but are expected to use that on Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. They do select again at the 12th selection, the point where they can skim the available quarterbacks from the draft class.
Pats were open for business
Despite Patriots coach Bill Belichick preferring to keep Jimmy Garoppolo, the right assets would have consummated a trade. But according to Cleveland.com, New England was likely to ask for the 2017 and 2017 first overall picks of the Browns in exchange for the 25-year-ol d backup.
Those seemed a bit too much to ask for Garoppolo, seen as the reason why the Browns have opted to move on. When asked if they still envisioned Garoppolo in the lineup, Browns Executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown gave a simple "no," NFL.com reported.
Also, Brown was asked for a possible trade happening before the 2017 NFL Draft. He replied that it would be theoretically possible but that is not their plan. Hence, it looks like the Browns have opted to keep their first overall selection come draft day where Garrett will be their obvious pick.
Remedying the quarterback problem
The Browns do have Cody Kessler and new recruit Brock Osweiler. A third-string quarterback could come in if one is available by the time Cleveland picks at the 12th spot. Among the names they will be keeping an eye on are Mitchell Trubisky, DeShone Kizer, DeShuan Watson and Patrick Mahomes II.
There are still some veteran quarterbacks in the market, meaning Cleveland could gamble on short-term deals. Among the quarterbacks who are available include Colin Kaepernick, Jay Cutler and Robert Griffin III. Ryan Fitzpatrick could be an option as well after deciding to return for another season. A separate story covering that move can be found in a previous article.
Looking ahead, the Browns do have options. Garoppolo would have been a great addition had the asking price been reasonable. As things stand now, Cleveland has to make do with available resources and ones that are within reach.