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With Browns reportedly returning to Patriots on Jimmy Garoppolo, does it mean given right deal they’d trade him?

04.28.17 at 3:32 pm ET
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Cleveland reportedly is still after Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Cleveland reportedly is still after Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

At the NFL combine Adam Schefter reported Jimmy Garoppolo was not getting traded, and was adamant he would be on the Patriots’ roster come training camp this summer.

Then came Thursday night and the first-round of the NFL draft where the Browns reportedly offered a package to the Patriots for Garoppolo, but were rejected. Then, at least according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, they are going to offer another package on Friday since they still do not have a quarterback.

So with the Browns keep returning to the Patriots with other offers it raises the question, would there be some deal the Patriots would accept for Garoppolo?

It seems like that is a yes. If it were a definitive no wouldn’t the Browns stop wasting their time?

Given what the three trades Thursday night were in order to move up to take a rookie quarterback, the Patriots legitimately could want/and get three first-rounders for him. Would they say no to that or a similar deal? It’s hard to say.

Cleveland is now in a position where they need to decide whether it’s worth giving up most of their draft capital over the next few years for Garoppolo, stick it out and wait until 2018 to draft their quarterback of the future, or lastly try and swing a deal with another team for a young quarterback.

The Patriots appear to be sitting back and letting the Browns dictate what they do.

Obviously, they would love to hold on to Garoppolo, but if the Browns were to present them with an offer they simply could not refuse it’s likely they would say yes.

Stay tuned because it appears these rumors will not go away.

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Patriots reportedly refused Jimmy Garoppolo trade with Browns Thursday night

04.28.17 at 1:48 pm ET
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The Browns tried to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo during the draft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Browns tried to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo during the draft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Browns can’t say they didn’t try.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, during the first round of the draft the Browns inquired about trading for Jimmy Garoppolo and were told once again the Patriots are not interested.

This goes along with what Schefter has reported since the week of the NFL combine.

The Browns could have selected Deshaun Watson at No. 12 overall, but opted to trade the pick to the Texans for a 2018 first-round pick and their own first-round pick. It seems this would have been the spot for the Browns to have called the Patriots.

Cleveland is still determined to find its quarterback of the future.

“We won’t rest until we solidify that position,” Browns VP Sashi Brown told reporters after the first round. “It’s not solidified right now, so we know we need the guys here to work their tails off and Hue [Jackson] is going to develop them as much as possible and push them to be their best and we also know that until we get it solidified, we’re going to continue looking for players all over the league and in college.

“That may be in next year’s draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. So But again, Brock [Osweiler], Cody [Kessler], and Kevin [Hogan] are here working hard and we’re going to support them as best we can.”

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10 players Patriots could select Friday night in NFL draft

04.28.17 at 11:58 am ET
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Ryan Anderson could be a good fit for the Patriots. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports)

Ryan Anderson could be a good fit for the Patriots. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots stayed out of the first round Thursday night, which means they will make their first selection of the draft on Friday night.

As it stands now their first pick will come in the third round at No. 72 overall and then again at No. 96, but there’s always the chance the team likes a player and trades up into the second round, or even higher up in the third round.

Here is list of 10 players the Patriots could target on Day 2 of the draft.

Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama — Anderson is a versatile linebacker who had 61 tackles and nine sacks last year for the Crimson Tide. He projects to play outside linebacker in the NFL, which could potentially be as Rob Ninkovich’s replacement in New England. He’s a physical player and plays very smart. His connection to Nick Saban could make him a good addition to the Patriots defense.

Jake Butt, TE, Michigan — If the Patriots want to go with a tight end Butt could be the guy. He was projected to go in the first or second round, but then tore his ACL in the Orange Bowl last year. As a senior, he finished with 46 catches for 546 yards and four touchdowns. Given Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen already on the roster, Butt would be able to take his time returning from his injury.

Derek Rivers, Edge, Youngstown State — Rivers didn’t have the grades out of high school to play for a big Division 1 school, so instead was a three-year starter at Youngstown State. He finished his career as the schools all-time sack leader with 41 (19 more than No. 2 on the list). He struggles against the run, but the Patriots defensive ends are not asked to do too much in the running game besides set the edge and allow for the linebackers to make the tackles.

Marcus Maye, S, Florida — If the Patriots want to draft a player similar to Patrick Chung in the secondary, Maye is their guy as he lines up mostly in the box. Over his four years at Florida he finished with over 200 tackles. He also is a special teams contributor, which typically stands out to the Patriots. He is a great athlete, as he received over 20 basketball scholarships.

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Roger Goodell is still spewing hypocritical nonsense about marijuana use

04.28.17 at 11:51 am ET
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Roger Goodell still seems adamantly opposed to marijuana. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell still seems adamantly opposed to legalizing marijuana use in the NFL. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell appears to have little problem with NFL players abusing painkillers that team trainers illegally provide to them. But if one of those players wants to light up a joint after practice, he could face the commissioner’s wrath.

In an interview Friday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” Goodell outlined his opposition to taking marijuana off of the league’s banned substance list.

“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” he said. “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered. And it’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”

If the NFL wants to prohibit players from ingesting smoke, then they shouldn’t be allowed to smoke cigarettes. And if they’re not allowed to partake in “addictive behavior,” then alcohol should be on the banned substance list as well.

But of course, players are free to booze all they want –– provided they don’t break the law in the process. It seems as if Goodell’s attitude on marijuana was shaped by Nancy Reagan.

The commissioner did acknowledge research that supports the usefulness of medical marijuana, which 71 percent of players want the league to legalize, much like 29 states. But he still seems unconvinced about the drug’s effectiveness, despite a bevy of medical studies that say otherwise.

“We look at it from a medical standpoint,” he said. “So if people feel that it has a medical benefit, the medical advisers have to tell you that. We have joint advisers, we also have independent advisers, both the NFLPA and the NFL, and we’ll sit down and talk about that. But we’ve been studying that through our advisers. To date, they haven’t said this is a change we think you should make that’s in the best interests of the health and safety of our players. If they do, we’re certainly going to consider that. But to date, they haven’t really said that.”

Yeah, because the league that denied for years the connection between football and head trauma always thinks about player safety first, right?

Good grief.

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Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors likely will still continue with Browns still not having QB

04.28.17 at 9:55 am ET
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The Jimmy Garoppolo rumors won't go away. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Jimmy Garoppolo rumors won’t go away. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The first round of the NFL draft has come and gone and Browns still don’t have a quarterback.

Cleveland had a chance to take Deshaun Watson at No. 12 overall, but instead traded the pick to Houston to move back in the first round and also get a 2018 first-round pick.

So without a quarterback and even more draft assets (two 2018 first-round picks and three 2018 second-round picks), the Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors will likelt continue no matter how many times Adam Schefter says the Patriots aren’t trading him.

“We won’t rest until we solidify that position,” Browns VP Sashi Brown told reporters after the first round. “It’s not solidified right now, so we know we need the guys here to work their tails off and Hue [Jackson] is going to develop them as much as possible and push them to be their best and we also know that until we get it solidified, we’re going to continue looking for players all over the league and in college.

“That may be in next year’s draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. So But again, Brock [Osweiler], Cody [Kessler], and Kevin [Hogan] are here working hard and we’re going to support them as best we can.”

The Browns are determined to find their quarterback of the future.

“Every day until we solidify the position we leave this building thinking about what opportunities might be out there, so absolutely,” Brown said.

As it stands now, the Browns have Cody Kessler as their starter, but were connected to potentially trading for Kirk Cousins Thursday. They could draft a quarterback Friday, but it seems their search will continue after draft weekend.

With all the picks the Browns have for next year, they still could put together a good package for Garoppolo, but as has been the case all along it doesn’t look like the Patriots will budge.

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5 Patriots related thoughts from 1st round of NFL draft

04.27.17 at 11:47 pm ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo was not traded Thursday night. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo was not traded Thursday night. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Patriots didn’t have a selection in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night, they still were impacted by what took place in what was a wild, and unpredictable night.

There was a big run on skill players early on in the draft, a number of trades, as well as some unique players selected.

Here are five Patriots related thoughts from the first round.

1. With three trades involving teams trading up for quarterbacks (Bears, Chiefs and Texans), the Patriots could have got a haul in return for Jimmy Garoppolo, but Adam Schefter was right, it seems the Patriots never gave these teams a chance to trade for him. Many pegged this quarterback class as being one of the worst in years and Garoppolo would have been by far the best among the group, but yet teams gave up future first-round picks in order to move up in the draft and select Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. While we already knew it, Thursday just confirmed even more that the Patriots really, really like Garoppolo.

2. While Garoppolo wasn’t traded, the rumors may continue. The Browns didn’t get a quarterback and even traded out of No. 12 when they could have selected Watson. With them being the team seemingly most interested in Garoppolo, and still not having a quarterback but more assets, the rumors could still continue. Cleveland now has two first-round picks next year to go along with three second-round picks as well. Even with all that capital, it doesn’t seem like it will be enough to change New England’s mind. A player to keep an eye on now for Cleveland is Kirk Cousins, but if they don’t get him they seem likely to enter training camp with Cody Kessler as its starter.

3. It appears the Saints made the right choice by not signing/trading for Malcolm Butler this offseason. With pick No. 11 overall, New Orleans was able to get the best cornerback available in Marshon Lattimore out of Ohio State. Due to the run on offensive skill players, Lattimore slid to them. If the Saints were to get Butler they would have likely needed to give up pick No. 32 overall and also sign him to a long-term deal. With Lattimore they didn’t need to give anything up and will get him signed on a better deal than the deal would have been for Butler.

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Tom Brady shares encouraging message to NFL draft hopefuls on social media

04.27.17 at 8:51 pm ET
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It was 17 years ago when Tom Brady was drafted in the sixth round by the Patriots, so while it was a long time ago, he knows what players are going through.

On Thursday night, the 39-year-old quarterback gave some advice on social media to all NFL draft hopefuls this weekend.

Brady wrote: Remember: they can’t measure heart. Whether you’re picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!

Here is the post.

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