Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, citing league sources, reports that the Browns will still try to trade for Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and they now have an extra second-round pick to include in a trade.
The Browns picked up this pick for agreeing to take on Brock Osweiler‘s contract in a trade with the Texans. Reports have since mentioned that the Browns will either release him or try to move him for a future 2018 third-round pick.
According to Cabot, the Browns can now make the Patriots the kind of strong offer it would take to get Garoppolo from them.
One source tells Cabot that the Browns’ No. 12 overall most likely won’t be enough to get a trade completed and New England may want the Browns’ No. 1 overall pick this year. Cabot’s source added the Patriots will likely want a Browns’ first-rounder this year and a first-rounder next year.
Jason La Canfora hears that a package of three second-round picks might be fair value for Garoppolo. La Canfora adds that the Browns are fixated on getting a third-round pick in 2018 for Osweiler, which has led many to believe they’re out to deal bevy of picks to the Patriots for Garoppolo.
It’s worth mentioning that ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported that Patriots are not expected to trade Garoppolo this offseason and instead plan to keep him.
Garoppolo, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2014. He is entering the final year of his four-year, $3,483,898 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $820,077 to go along with a $75,000 workout bonus for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Garoppolo completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 502 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for the Patriots over the course of six games.
We’ll have more regarding a Garoppolo trade as the news is available.