Report: Browns called Patriots for Garoppolo trade on Day 1 of the draft

Report: Browns called Patriots for Garoppolo trade on Day 1 of the draft

When Browns decision-makers were asked about their work on Thursday night, the topic of conversation inevitably turned toward the quarterback position. 

They made three picks in the first round of the draft. Though they grabbed talented players in defensive end Myles Garrett, safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku, they finished the day with no changes to their personnel at the quarterback position.

"When it's time for us to get one," said coach Hue Jackson. "Obviously, it didn't happen today, but it's not like we didn't try. I guarantee you that."

Jackson wasn't lying. It turns out they did triy. They just tried to get a quarterback who wasn't available.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns connected with the Patriots on Thursday night to inquire about trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. They were told, per Schefter, that the Patirots were "not interested."

Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot believes that because the Browns have so much draft capital -- two first-rounders and three second-rounders in next year's draft -- they will inquire about a Garoppolo deal again on Friday. 

The Browns picked up an extra first rounder in 2018 when they traded back from No. 12 overall to No. 25, giving the Texans the opportunity to draft Deshaun Watson. 

Under head of football operations Sashi Brown, Cleveland has now passed up the chance to draft multiple first-round quarterbacks.

Last year the Browns traded out of the No. 2 pick, where they could have selected Carson Wentz.

This year, they had the top overall selection and went with Garrett over any of the passers. When Mitch Trubisky was taken at No. 2 overall and Pat Mahomes went at No. 10 to the Chiefs, the Browns clearly were not inclined to draft Watson at No. 12 and moved back again. 

If the Browns were to find a way to land Garoppolo, they'd likely have the best of any of those players mentioned above. But the fact that Garoppolo does not seem to be available means that Cleveland will have to wait another year before it has its quarterback.

Jimmy Garoppolo stays put as quarterbacks go high, Browns make moves

Jimmy Garoppolo stays put as quarterbacks go high, Browns make moves

For all the questions that surrounded the top quarterbacks in the 2017 draft, an early run on signal-callers still occurred. The Browns sat it out -- even facilitating another team’s selection of a QB -- yet Jimmy Garoppolo stayed put. 

Garoppolo not being traded ahead of or during the first round should not have come as a surprise; Adam Schefter has insisted throughout the offseason that the Patriots would not trade him for anything. Yet for the prices that were paid for QBs Thursday night, it’s still fascinating to think of what New England could have gotten for their backup. 

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The madness started nearly immediately. After Cleveland took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett to open the draft, the Bears moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 -- trading third-and-fourth-round picks this year and a third next season to San Francisco -- to take UNC’s Mitchell Trubisky. 

At No. 10, it was the Chiefs moving up to the Bills’ spot, going all the way from No. 27 and giving up next year’s first as part of a package to secure Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Two picks later, the Browns were on the clock with Deshaun Watson still on the board, but they opted to trade the pick to Houston, who gave Cleveland the 25th overall pick this year and their first-rounder next year before selecting the Clemson star. 

The Browns, who have long been viewed as a logical potential destination for Garoppolo, made two more picks in the first round, choosing Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers 25th and trading back into the first round to make Miami tight end David Njoku their third first-round pick of the night at 29th overall. 

While the Browns obviously spent plenty of draft capital Thursday, they still have not addressed the quarterback position beyond Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and trade acquisition (that’s a nice way of putting it; a more honest would be “salary dump acquisition”) Brock Osweiler. 

That leads Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot to believe that the Browns will still try to swing a trade for Garoppolo, who is entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal. Cabot writes that the Browns will “likely make a pitch for the Patriots backup,” though she too notes Scheffer’s insistence that Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. The Browns now have two firsts and three seconds in 2018. 

The Patriots still aren’t slated to pick until the third round on Friday, when they’ll be on the clock with the 72nd overall pick.