Report: Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo Likely to Be Traded to the Bears or Browns

Bryan Brandom
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On the same day it was reported that the Chicago Bears are looking to trade their starting quarterback, we learned that they're also one of two teams leading the sweepstakes for New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

According to reporter Benjamin Allbright, a source indicated that the Bears and Cleveland Browns are the front-runners for the backup to Tom Brady.

Garoppolo started the first two games of 2016 for the Patriots in place of the suspended Brady before injuring his shoulder. In those contests, completed 42 of 59 passes (71.2 percent) for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions, making him instant trade-rumor fodder for quarterback-starved teams. On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Chicago is actively seeking to trade QB Jay Cutler.

However, according to CSNNE's Tom Curran, the Patriots won't trade their backup quarterback just for the sake of trading him.

"The Patriots right now need to be bowled over. Otherwise, they're not going to move Jimmy Garoppolo," Curran said on Wednesday. "We've seen a lot of people hedging their best nationally as to what Garoppolo will do, what the Patriots will do. We see a lot of people writing that, don't expect the Patriots to move Garoppolo, or I'd be surprised if Garoppolo lands somewhere else. The truth of it is, nobody knows what's going to happen until we know what the offers are."

One item that could potentially entice the Patriots: the 12th overall pick on 2017 draft, which Cleveland landed from the Philadelphia Eagles as part of last year's Carson Wentz trade.

"If it's first-round pick, perhaps even the 12th overall pick from Cleveland, then the Patriots make a move," he said. "But unless they get their doors blown off, he can just stay [with the Patriots] and spend another year."

The Browns also possess the No. 1 overall pick.