The question of whether Jimmy Garoppolo could be the Cleveland Browns’ quarterback this coming season has lingered for awhile now, but a report from the NFL Combine Wednesday morning might just nip that thought in the bud:
In a move that will have a ripple effect on all QB-needy teams, Patriots are not expected to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2017
We already know how much the Browns value draft picks, and New England conveying “we’re not interested in trading him” doesn’t encourage the Browns to offer an even higher draft pick. Things can certainly change as time goes on, but we probably won’t hear much else from the New England side at the NFL Combine, as none of their representatives are scheduled to speak during media sessions.
A New England media member thought it’d be crazy to think that the Patriots will not listen to offers, but Schefter doubled down on his report during a radio interview:
I don't know if Garoppolo will or won't be traded. But let's not pretend the Pats are hanging up the phone when teams call. Still in play.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 1, 2017