Mike Lombardi: Patriots will trade Jimmy Garoppolo to Browns

Ryan Hannable
December 10, 2016 - 4:19 am
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[caption id="attachment_111110" align="alignright" width="400"]Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly could be traded to the Browns. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly could be traded to the Browns. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)[/caption] After a few months of Jimmy Garoppolo talk going to the back-burner, it looks like it's back. According to Mike Lombardi, a good friend of Bill Belichick who also served as a Patriots executive from 2014 to the end of last season, he believes the Patriots will trade Garoppolo to the Browns this offseason. "The next quarterback that'll be the Cleveland Browns' quarterback perhaps is Jimmy Garoppolo in New England," Lombardi said Thursday on FS1's Thursday on FS1's "Speak for Yourself," via the Akron Beacon Journal. "I think Cleveland understands, [coach] Hue Jackson specifically understands he needs a quarterback. I think they'll be very aggressive. I think Jimmy Garoppolo's on top of their list, and I think they'll go hard after him." Added Lombardi: "I'm sure the [Chicago] Bears are going to make a phone call," said Lombardi, general manager of the Browns in 2013 and assistant to the coaching staff of the Patriots from 2014-15. "There's a lot of teams that are going to come after Garoppolo because there's not a lot of quarterbacks. Mike Glennon from Tampa Bay will be available as a free agent [in March]." It's also worth mentioning, Lombardi served as the Browns' general manager in 2013 and 2014, but the current regime was not there back then. Garoppolo will be playing the final year of his rookie deal next season and Tom Brady is signed through 2019 when he will be 42 years old. The team also has rookie Jacoby Brissett, who the team likes and drafted in the third round this season. The Eastern Illinois product played one and a half games this season, starting Weeks 1 and 2 with Brady suspended, but suffered a shoulder injury and didn't play in Weeks 3 and 4. In his limited action, Garoppolo was very impressive going 42-for-60 passing with 496 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.