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Browns ready to give up on Garoppolo once and for all?

Browns ready to give up on Garoppolo once and for all?

The Browns have been adamant that if they find their quarterback of the future, they'll be willing to pay whatever it takes to land him. (Whatever it takes as long as it's not the No. 1 overall pick.)

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The Patriots, meanwhile, have not given anyone any indications that they're looking to shop backup Jimmy Garoppolo. In fact, the reports that have surfaced about Tom Brady's No. 2 have been that the Patriots are willing to turn their nose up at the most exorbitant of hauls -- four first-round picks, per ESPN -- in order to make sure they have insurance at the most position on the roster. 

That's why the Browns, if they ever had designs on landing Garoppolo, are starting to give up on the idea of being able to land him. 

"The Browns may make a late run at Garoppolo," NFL Media's Ian Rapoport said recently. "But they do not seem to believe there's any hope there."

There are some time restraints on when the Browns want to make a move for a quarterback. Per coach Hue Jackson, there's about a year's worth of sand left in the hourglass. This offseason or next, they want their guy. 

Garoppolo may be the best available this offseason, but there's still time for Cleveland's brass to talk itself into one of this year's rookies. They could also wait until next offseason, when they figure to be drafting early in Round 1 once again, when the quarterback class is considered to be much stronger. 

At the very least the pursuit of Garoppolo, because of the price tag that would come with him even if he is available, seems to be on hold. 

"From my understanding, the Patriots do not want to deal Jimmy Garoppolo," Rapoport said. "They really just don’t, whether it’s to the Browns, whether it’s to the Texans. Their stance right now . . . is they do not want to give up someone who they consider a franchise quarterback for a pick this year."

The Texans would be an interesting buyer because they seem to be a quarterback away from contending for a Super Bowl. That may make them willing to pay whatever it would take to pry Garoppolo from New England . . . but it also might be the reason why the Patriots would refuse to entertain such a deal. 

Predictions about Garoppolo's future won't cease until he either signs an extension -- 2017 is the final year of his rookie contract -- or lands with another club, but for now it appears as though the Patriots are planning to go into next season with him on their sidelines.

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

NFL Rumors: Patriots free up millions in cap space from Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez grievances

The New England Patriots just got whole lot of financial breathing room.

The Patriots have earned a total of $6.25 million in settlements from compensation grievances involving former wide receiver Antonio Brown and ex-tight end Aaron Hernandez, ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates reported Saturday.

New England now has $7.79 million in cap space, per Reiss and Yates, a huge bump from the less than $500,000 in spending money the team had earlier this week.

Brown, who spent less than two weeks with the Patriots last September, filed a grievance against the team in October 2019 following his release seeking to receive his unpaid Week 1 salary, his $1.025 million guaranteed base salary and his $9 million signing bonus.

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The Patriots will pay Brown $5 million as part of the settlement, per Reiss and Yates.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the Patriots on Hernandez's behalf in October 2013 seeking over $6 million in guaranteed salary. Hernandez was arrested and later convicted for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and died in prison in April 2017.

New England was up against the cap after squeezing free-agent quarterback Cam Newton in on a one-year contract and inking all of its 2020 NFL Draft picks to rookie deals. With nearly $8 million in cap space, however, the Patriots have more flexibility to bolster their roster via free agency or trade.

Our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran suggested tight end David Njoku could be a strong fit in New England after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Browns, and there are a number of quality free agents still on the market, as well.

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Patriots TE Devin Asiasi joins Cam Newton, N'Keal Harry for workouts

Twelve days ago, Cam Newton was still a free agent looking for work.

But ever since he agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots, he's been very busy trying to get ready for the 2020 season, learning the playbook and developing chemistry with his new receivers.

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In addition to N'Keal Harry, whose workout with Newton was captured on video, rookie tight end Devin Asiasi was also catching passes from New England's new quarterback. Twitter user amirmehrtash15 took pictures with both Asiasi and Newton at the UCLA practice session and posted them in reponse to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.

The workout wasn't limited to Patriots, as Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. was also in attendance.

Newton trying to fast-track a relationship with his new teammates makes perfect sense. He set up his first practice with Mohamed Sanu on the day he signed his Patriots contract, and in less than two weeks, he's already connected with three of the guys who will be among his top receiving options in 2020.

The Patriots certainly hope all that extra work pays off, as training camps could open as soon as the end of this month once the NFL and NFLPA can finalize preseason dates.