Published: Thu, March 09, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Pats want 2 first-rounders for Jimmy G

Pats want 2 first-rounders for Jimmy G

"The expectation as of right now is that he won't be moved by the Patriots", the NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said Tuesday. 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".

Bill Belichick is well established as the best coach and the best GM in the National Football League today. As Garafolo notes, the Patriots could use the franchise tag on Garoppolo next year and then deal him. He was a second-round pick of New England back in 2014.

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. In those two games, he completed 42 of 60 passes (70 percent) for 498 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

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

If the Browns can't trade for Garoppolo, they will consider Tyrod Taylor and AJ McCarron. The Boston Herald previously suggested New England's asking price was a first- and second-rounder.

Finally, there's the ageless Brady, who says he wants to play four or five more years - and why would we question his sincerity or ability to accomplish such a feat? They did not have a first-round pick a year ago as part of their Deflategate punishment. Conversely, if Garoppolo doesn't want to go to Cleveland (or any other team), he can announce that he will not agree to a long-term contract extension with any team that trades for him without his consent. I think everyone needs to see more from Garoppolo before giving up that much for him. And just when it's hit the "first rounder and another pick" hype?

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