In Browns rumors, the Patriots didn’t even consider trading Jimmy Garoppolo to Cleveland because Bill Belichick didn’t want to haggle with the Browns.
Why weren’t the Cleveland Browns in on acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline?
If you listen to ESPN’s Adam Schefter talk, you’ll understand why.
Apparently, nothing ever comes easy when dealing with the Browns front office, led by executive vice president of football operations, Sashi Brown.
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Schefter said on ESPN Cleveland’s Really Big Show, that the 49ers and Patriots started talking about trade for Jimmy G on Monday morning.
Cleveland had tried for months to pry Garoppolo away from the Pats, but as Schefter reported, New England wasn’t interested in moving their 2014 second-round pick.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick thought he could get Garoppolo signed last spring, and into the summer. It didn’t happen, and The Hooded One went into trade deadline day with a quarterback who was going to walk at the end of the year unless the Patriots threw a bunch of money at him.
Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, and it’s not exactly “The Patriot Way” to throw a bunch of a cash at a backup quarterback.
Belichick and the 49ers consummated talks Monday morning, and the deal got done before the end of the day.
So, why not the Browns? After all, Cleveland had made overtures to the Patriots for months.
Long story short, the Patriots are weary of dealing with the Browns, via TheLandonDemand (9:00, subscription required).
"“Even when they were doing the Jamie Collins deal. It’s an example of how things have worked with the Browns…deals get complex for whatever reasons. The Jamie Collins talks went on for a couple weeks. Teams can make moves in five minutes. Nothing ever seems easy when it comes to deal with Browns,” Schefter said."
The big knock on the Browns is that the front office tries to “win the deal” in every transaction.
Just look at what happened to Terrelle Pryor. The Browns won the deal, and lost the player, replacing TP with Kenny Britt. Both players have tanked this season, but wouldn’t you at least have Pryor, who guy who showed that he’s hungry and cares about winning?
The Patriots operate with a different philosophy, according to Schefter.
"“Their mentality isn’t to win the deal, it’s to do what’s right for their team…that means trading Jimmy G out of out conference, to an organization they like and trust. I think it just got going in that direction. They felt the value was fair…”"
When it comes to the inner workings of the NFL, Schefter is the gold standard of reporting, and quite frankly, it’s so deflating to see him report this.
The Patriots didn’t even give the Browns a chance because they didn’t want to play the haggling game with Sasshi and the gang.
Now, the 49ers have their quarterback of the future and Cleveland fans are left wondering if DeShone Kizer will emerge as player to build around, or if their downtrodden team will be looking for another quarterback come draft day.
The failure to get Garoppolo, and the disorganization surrounding the botching of the A.J. McCarron trade made for the worst week in Browns’ front office history. And Schefter’s words just make it worse.