According to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo speaking on the NFL Network Tuesday afternoon, the Patriots would need to get a first-round pick in 2017 and a first-round pick in 2018 in order to deal him.
It was previously reported that New England would not trade Garoppolo this offseason. The possibility of trading the 12th pick in a package deal for Garoppolo while retaining the first overall pick in the draft (and taking defensive end Myles Garrett) would be a "dream scenario".
Bill Belichick also might hang up the phone rather quickly. Now add in the fact that Garoppolo has two career starts under his belt, and this is magnified even further. The now five-time Super Bowl victor in New England may be the best poker player, too. In those two games, he completed 42 of 60 passes (70 percent) for 498 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
I can assure you that GMs at quarterback-starved locales such as Cleveland, San Francisco and Chicago are keeping a finger on the Garoppolo pulse through conversations with Belichick and player personnel director Nick Caserio.
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Then there's Garoppolo's contract status - going into his fourth and final year of his rookie deal.
With a plethora of picks in this year's draft, the Cleveland Browns could take a major step forward in what figures to be an intense rebuilding process. He too was unsure of the Patriots price tag, but did say that, "o$3 ne working theory has been a first- and second-round draft pick, but not all first- and second-rounders are created equal".
Frankly, the Patriots wouldn't be wrong in demanding Browns general manager Sashi Brown give up both of Cleveland's first-round picks this year for Garoppolo.
Garoppolo has been connected to a variety of teams, but the Patriots appear to be playing hard ball in any deal.