Patriots Talk: ESPN Personality John Clayton Predicts Pat’s Will Trade Jimmy Garoppolo
Another day, another rumor surrounding New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Appearing on Mighty 1090 in San Diego on Tuesday, ESPN’s John Clayton speculated given the Browns’ quarterback situation they will end up by trading for Garoppolo.
“I think in the end they have to come to some kind of Jimmy Garoppolo trade, but as far as Brock Osweiler, he is just being held up until somebody makes an offer, and I don’t think anybody is going to make an offer,” he said. “Cleveland was the only team willing to pick up that $16 million guaranteed salary and the only reason they did it was to pick up that second-round pick in 2018. What they are offering is they will give you a third-round pick if you take him because they get a fifth back. Nobody is going to do that deal because no one is excited about Brock Osweiler at this stage.
“In the end, Cleveland I think at the moment has a worse quarterback situation than they did last year because Terrelle Pryor was probably their best quarterback, RG3 [Robert Griffin] struggled and all they have right now is Brock Osweiler, who they expect to cut if they can’t get a trade, and Cody Kessler and [Kevin] Hogan. Not a great situation.
“Particularly with the Patriots not having a picks in rounds one and two, there has to be some kind of trade coming up with Jimmy Garoppolo.”
Clayton also said with the Patriots not having a first or second-round pick, that only increases the chances of them dealing him.
“Let’s put it this way, [Bill Belichick] doesn’t have picks in rounds one and two, and if they don’t get Dont’a Hightower signed, they are down four players on defense and this is a good defensive draft,” Clayton said. “They need some defensive volume. This is why I can’t see them sitting there with a quarterback who is not going to play next year because he has Tom Brady on the team, waiting to get a third round compensatory pick in 2018 when he can get a good group of draft choices now.”
A lot of speculation has been made about Garoppolo and where he could end up by the start of this season, but if the team declines trading him they would likely be forced to use a franchise tag on him next offseason if they fail to sign him to a team friendly contract. All of that is assuming the Patriots actually think he is their next franchise QB, which isn’t clear at the moment.