Because he's sure doing a good job of bluffing on his Jimmy Garoppolo trade intentions. The Pats traded out of the first round in 2013, but their first pick (Jamie Collins, 52nd overall) was dealt to Cleveland prior to last season's trade deadline. No team wants to carry two quarterbacks at starter-level price tags, especially an astute team in salary cap management such as New England.
With a plethora of picks in this year's draft, the Cleveland Browns could take a major step forward in what figures to be an intense rebuilding process. I think everyone needs to see more from Garoppolo before giving up that much for him.
Obviously, the National Football League draft is hit or miss.
"What many people are missing here is that the Patriots aren't looking at this year as a deadline".
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Meanwhile, West Ham have gradually improved in 2017 with 11 points out of their last possible 18, and are now unbeaten in their last three league games.
That, however, would probably not be enough for the Patriots to give up Garoppolo. The likelihood of any team being willing to part with two first-round picks - even for a QB-desperate franchise like the Browns - has to be close to zero.
According to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns have a "dream scenario" that includes taking Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 pick, and then using the No. 12 pick in a package to land Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Still, despite reports that the Patriots aren't interested in trading Garoppolo, it sounds like teams will still pursue him, and in the Browns' case, may pursue him hard. For Belichick and the Patriots, it's to their advantage that they are in the great position of being Super Bowl champs with no pressure on them to have to make a deal in order to acquire high draft picks so they can improve. And as usual with a kingpin such as Belichick, the eventual and inevitable trade will be on his terms when it happens.