Despite a report by ESPN that the Patriots won't trade Jimmy Garoppolo, I'm told that nothing has changed and that teams -- including the Browns -- will still try to land him.
One source told me he believes it might take as much as a No. 1 this year and No. 1 next year -- which I'm sure the Browns won't be willing to do.
Fox Sports' Chris Chase argues that Garoppolo has potential, and the Patriots should keep him.
This is New England's problem. It appears to believe it has Tom Brady's heir on the roster, but since the king isn't ready to abdicate his throne, the Patriots are at an impasse. Garoppolo will be an unrestricted free agent next year, and there are only two real ways of bringing him back. The first -- giving him the long-term deal he'll seek -- is untenable if Brady is still around. Though he's playing far below his own market value, Brady is still scheduled to count $22 million against the cap in 2018. There's nothing New England could offer Garoppolo to keep him around playing understudy. The starting role would have to be his.
It's smart to hang on to Garoppolo and build him up in case Brady is out.
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