The Browns are still trying to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo

Posted March 09, 2017

Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot heard from one source that it "might" require a first round pick this year and a first round pick next year.

That's a price that will likely prove prohibitive for any team to pay, considering Garoppolo is only a year away from free agency.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo also reported on Tuesday that the asking price for Garoppolo may be two first-round picks, perhaps one this year and one next year. He was a second-round pick of New England back in 2014.

First of all, it's a quarterback-driven league and Garoppolo was very impressive in his two relief starts for the suspended Brady, with wins over Arizona (the league's second-ranked defense in 2016) and Miami at the beginning of last season.

I can assure you that GMs at quarterback-starved locales such as Cleveland, San Francisco and Chicago are keeping a finger on the Garoppolo pulse through conversations with Belichick and player personnel director Nick Caserio. As Garafolo notes, the Patriots could use the franchise tag on Garoppolo next year and then deal him.

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In two starts this past season, Garoppolo completed 68.3 percent of his passes for over 500 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The Patriots now hold the No. 32 pick in this year's NFL Draft.

But there's more to the Garoppolo trade than just whether the Patriots and the Browns (or some other team) can agree on compensation.

Still, despite reports that the Patriots aren't interested in trading Garoppolo, it sounds like teams will still pursue him, and in the Browns' case, may pursue him hard. I think everyone needs to see more from Garoppolo before giving up that much for him. Garoppolo will be a free agent in 2018. Suddenly there's talk of a first-round pick this year and one next year.