|It sure seems like things are trending towards Jimmy Garoppolo staying in New England||03.30.17 at 12:16 pm ET|
The NFL owners meetings are over and the week went by without a single Jimmy Garoppolo rumor.
Sure Bill Belichick didn’t really give a chance for rumors to start given he left Monday afternoon for a Florida scouting trip, but director of player personnel Nick Caserio was there so there was an opportunity for the Browns (and other teams) to inquire on Garoppolo.
It looks like it didn’t happen.
The Browns remain the only team left that really need a quarterback and have the most assets to give up, but it doesn’t seem like anything is cooking.
On Thursday, Tony Grossi, who covers the Browns for ESPN wrote, “the timing may be off by one year. Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t give them the time of day before departing the Arizona Biltmore two days before everyone else to scout inside linebackers.”
“Unfortunately, [there is] no hat and no rabbit [to produce a trade],” Sashi Brown, executive vice president, told reporters this week. “I think we’ve shown we want to be aggressive. That doesn’t mean that something’s necessarily going to get done.”
If Belichick really wanted to deal Garoppolo, he in all likelihood would have chosen to stay in Arizona and potentially start laying the ground work for a draft day trade, but instead he chose to skip across the country for Florida and Miami pro days.
Grossi is right that next offseason is the better year to make a play on Garoppolo. He would be an unrestricted free agent and the Browns could negotiate directly with the quarterback and offer him enough money to make him want to sign. This year the Browns are trying to come up with a package good enough to please Belichick, which given how valuable Garoppolo is to them, is proving to be very hard to do.
Sure, if Belichick was presented the right deal he would trade Garoppolo, but it appears that right deal would be potentially two first-round picks and then some. It can be seen why the Browns wouldn’t want to do such a deal.
Certainly things can change quickly, but with the draft less than a month away, it certainly seems like Garoppolo will be with the Patriots when the team hits the back fields at Gillette Stadium next summer.
|Could Tony Romo replace Phil Simms on CBS?||03.30.17 at 10:51 am ET|
No one really knows the future of Tony Romo.
He could be released, he could be traded, he could retire and focus on golf, or maybe he could retire and join a television network.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, CBS is eyeing Romo as a potential replacement for Phil Simms in the booth with Jim Nantz.
If Romo wants to step away from playing football, this seems like the perfect gig.
He would be around the game in a much less stressful role and not really have much pressure, either. The commitment wouldn’t be that much so he would still have time for his family, and also to play a lot of golf.
Given the dislike for Simms across the country, this would be a welcomed move by many.
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|Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes Martellus Bennett can be NFL’s best tight end||03.30.17 at 10:00 am ET|
The Packers offense was already one of the best in football and with the addition of free agent tight end Martellus Bennett this offseason, it is even better.
Speaking at the NFL league meetings in Arizona on Wednesday, Packers coach Mike McCarthy was asked about Bennett and he seemed thrilled with the signing, saying Bennett has the potential to be one of the best tight ends in the league even at age 30.
“He has very good tape,” McCarthy told reporters, via Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald. “He was a very productive player in an outstanding offense. I have great respect for the Patriots and especially what they do on offense. We like a lot of the things that they do. We keep an eye on what they do up there, particularly with some of the route progressions and more importantly how you use each player throughout the passing game.
“We had him in our cutups this year, so I got to see him play a lot of football. To me, he is one of the best or potentially [can] be the best tight end in the National Football League. It’s my responsibility to make sure I create those opportunities for him to succeed.”
Bennett should have more of a role in the passing game with the Packers than he did in New England, even though he had his most productive season.
The tight end caught 55 passes for 701 yards and seven touchdowns, playing in all 16 games despite various injuries.
|Sean Payton reveals he didn’t think Saints would trade Brandin Cooks||03.29.17 at 3:23 pm ET|
When Brandin Cooks was traded to the Patriots at the start of free agency, many assumed it was because he wanted out of New Orleans and the Saints were actively trying to deal him.
Apparently, that wasn’t how it went down as coach Sean Payton detailed at the NFL league meetings on Wednesday speaking at the NFC coaches breakfast.
“We spoke to a few teams, and we weren’t in a position where we felt like we gotta make this trade or else,” Payton told reporters, via CSNNE.com. “It was the opposite actually. I had a couple conversations with him, saying, ‘This . . . isn’t going to happen. We’re not interested in just looking to do this.’
“But when we were able to do a deal with New England, which involved a first-round pick, third-round pick, we felt that was significant. We did feel like it was a way to help our team, particularly our defense. Those picks specifically, you don’t know how the draft falls, but they’re getting a real good player and someone that was obviously good for us.”
Michael Thomas emerged as the No. 1 receiver in New Orleans, but that too wasn’t a factor in the trading of Cooks.
“For sure, he wasn’t a player that we went out and said, ‘Hey, we’re shopping this player.’ But when someone calls on a player you obviously take the call and listen to what they have to say,” Payton said. “I’ve said this a number of times: Working with him, he’s not a kid, but he’s fantastic in regards to his approach. Never at any time was he upset or unhappy.
“I think a little bit of last season, after [the Rams] game, his agent, you know, was a little disappointed, if you will. He didn’t have the production in the game. Mind you, we had just finished scoring 49 points and beating a team. But to Brandin’s credit, he was smart enough to see the season he was having. So he signed and got with another agent when this offseason began.”
|Patriots reportedly were interested in Richard Sherman before signing Stephon Gilmore||03.29.17 at 1:23 pm ET|
The buzz at the NFL league meetings this week was the Seahawks are open to trading cornerback Richard Sherman if the right offer is presented to them.
The Patriots are no longer a candidate considering they signed Stephon Gilmore to a five-year deal worth $65 million, but according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, before they signed Gilmore they spoke to Seattle about Sherman.
Sherman turns 29 during this season and is set to make $11.4 million and $11 million next year, the final year of his contract.
While Sherman would have been fun to have in New England, talks likely didn’t get very far as the Seahawks would likely want a lot in return, and the Patriots probably wouldn’t have been willing considering Sherman’s salary and the team only controlling him for two years.
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|Bill Belichick continues college tour, attends Miami pro day Wednesday||03.29.17 at 11:59 am ET|
When Bill Belichick said “no days off” at the Patriots’ parade, apparently he really meant it.
After attending Florida’s pro day on Tuesday instead of speaking at the AFC coaches breakfast, the coach is at Miami’s pro day on Wednesday.
The Patriots could be in need of a tight end and Miami’s David Njoku could be a potential target, although as of now they do not have a first or second-round pick.
That’s Bill Belichick (blue shorts) talking with Craig Kuligowski. pic.twitter.com/LrEq7cm9f3
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) March 29, 2017
|Malcolm Butler running out of options, as Saints won’t sign him to offer sheet||03.29.17 at 11:22 am ET|
Malcolm Butler doesn’t have as many options as he did a few weeks ago.
Speaking to reporters at the NFL league meetings Wednesday morning, Saints coach Sean Payton said the team will not be signing Butler to an offer sheet. If they did and the Patriots didn’t match, then they would have to give New England their No. 11 overall pick.
“We had the chance to visit with him,” Payton said. “Currently, it is my understanding he hasn’t signed his tender, so it was just that we could sign him to an offer sheet, but I don’t think we are going to do that and give up the 11th [overall] pick. In fact, we’re not going to do that. It is what it is right now.”
Butler visited the Saints two weeks ago, but no long-term deal was agreed upon.
Payton described the situation as “ongoing” and “it might take a bit of time.” Not exactly signaling momentum for Butler to go to New Orleans.
The 27-year-old cornerback is now left with two options: get traded, or return to the Patriots for $3.91 million. Both of these require him to sign his tender, as the Patriots can’t talk with other teams on a trade until his tender is signed.
While the door isn’t completely shut on a deal to have him go to the Saints, it seems more and more likely he will return to the Patriots in 2017. His whole goal was to get paid like an unrestricted free agent, but the offers haven’t come in that he was hoping for.
Now, his best option seems like to play for $3.91 million in New England and then cash in next offseason when he is actually an unrestricted free agent.
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