Report: Browns unwilling to give up two first-rounders or No. 1 overall for Garoppolo

Report: Browns unwilling to give up two first-rounders or No. 1 overall for Garoppolo

The Browns have an absolute haul of draft picks over the next two seasons, but there's only so much they'd be willing to pay for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Per Mary Kay Cabot of, the Browns would be willing to include in a trade the 2018 second-rounder they just picked up as part of an outside-the-box deal with the Texans. However, if they're asked to part with their No. 1 overall pick this year -- or two first-rounders in all -- in order to lure Garoppolo away from the Patriots, that's not happening. 


The Browns will still make a run at Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, league sources say, and they might use this 2018 second-rounder, or one of their other two second-rounders next year, as a part of a package to try to get the Patriots to part with their backup.

But they'll have to knock the Patriots' socks off, and I doubt they'll be willing to surrender what it would take. I've been told New England, who keeps insisting they won't trade him, would want the Browns' No. 1 pick and more -- as much as a first-rounder next year.

Not only would the Browns not give up two first-rounders, they won't part with this year's top pick, which will be used on Myles Garrett, unless something drastic happens between now and the draft.

The Patriots have not been actively shopping Garoppolo, who is under contract for 2017 and would provide valuable insurance for the team and soon-to-be 40-year-old starter Tom Brady.


That probably won't stop other teams from trying to acquire Garoppolo, though, and the Browns seem to be in the best position to offer Bill Belichick an offer he can't refuse. They have nine top-65 picks over the course of the next two drafts, including No. 1 and No. 12 overall this year. 

The Patriots could be looking for a way to work their way back into the first two rounds of this year's draft, whether that would involve a trade for Garoppolo or not. They aren't scheduled to pick until the third round this year (No. 72) after trading their No. 32 overall choice to the Saints and their No. 64 overall choice to the Panthers last week.

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.