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Patriots might want two 1st round picks for Jimmy Garoppolo

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If a trade happens, the Browns seem the most likely.

There are several dominos that will fall in the quarterback market, and one of the most intriguing continues to be Jimmy Garoppolo. The New England Patriots have their clear starter in Tom Brady, but given his age, having a solid backup remains kind of a big deal.

Garoppolo has been connected to a variety of teams, but the Patriots appear to be playing hard ball in any deal. Nobody seems to know for sure what it will cost to Garoppolo, but speculation suggests it could be pricey. Cleveland Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot heard from one source that it “might” require a first round pick this year and a first round pick next year. NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo said something similar earlier today, although he said it might be a first round pick this year and something a little less in 2017 as a “sweetener.”

Patriots reporter Jeff Howe said on Sunday that, “[n]o team has come anywhere close to meeting the Patriots’ demands.” He said there has been interest, but the Patriots, “won’t unload Garoppolo unless a team meets their price.” He too was unsure of the Patriots price tag, but did say that, “[o]ne working theory has been a first- and second-round draft pick, but not all first- and second-rounders are created equal.”

The Browns hold the No. 1 and No. 12 picks in the first round of this year’s draft, and the No. 1 and No. 20 picks in the second round. The Browns also hold the Philadelphia Eagles second round pick in next year’s draft. If anybody has the assets to make a deal happen, it is very clearly the Browns. The 49ers have the No. 2 pick in each of the first two rounds this year, and of course the cap space to get a deal done. I think it seems more and more likely that if a deal does get done, it will be with the Browns.