The one downside to Tom Brady potentially playing until the age of 46 is that the Patriotswill have to part with their most promising young QB since Brady himself. Jimmy Garoppolo desperately wants to be an NFL starter, but it’s becoming increasingly likely that that opportunity will take place away from Gillette Stadium.
The most likely landing spot for Jimmy G – if he is to be traded this offseason - remains Cleveland. Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland wrote last week that Garoppolo is still the favorite to be the Browns’ starting QB come September – even ahead of incumbent Cody Kessler.
As for Patriots fans’ dream of obtaining the top overall pick in this year’s draft from the Browns in exchange for Garoppolo (who was selected with the 62nd overall pick three years ago) – it’s likely just a dream.
Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson was firm this week that the No. 1 pick was not for sale, but did say the team is still in a deep search for a signal-caller.
“I can tell you no on that one,” Jackson said about giving up the top pick for any QB. “Until we have the guy that we feel comfortable with that will be the face of our franchise and play QB the way we want them to play, we’re going to keep searching. There’s the draft that’s coming up. There’s trade opportunities hopefully. We’ll exhaust every opportunity.”