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 Cleveland.com, 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.
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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.