Analyst: ‘Browns must trade for Jimmy Garoppolo’


According to multiple people, the Cleveland Browns won’t trade for veteran San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, even now that starter Deshaun Watson has been suspended for 11 games for allegations of sexual misconduct during practice sessions. massage.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said on several shows this week the Browns just aren’t interested in acquiring Garoppolo and Jonathan Jones from CBS Sports echoes this take Thursday, after Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski insisted the organization “stick to our plan” to start backup Jacoby Brissett in place of Watson this fall.

For an article published on Friday, Jason Lloyd of Athletic argued the Browns made a mistake going all-in against Brissett for 11 games.

“Brissett is a journeyman substitute. He’s fine in small doses, but as someone who watched him closely when he was starting for the Colts told me, the more he plays, the more exposed he gets. The Browns can’t risk their season for a save,” Lloyd wrote of a Cleveland team that completed a blockbuster trade with the Houston Texans in March to get Watson so he could immediately chase after a Super Bowl championship.

Unless Garoppolo is released before the regular season, he is owed a Base salary of $24.2 million for 2022. Lloyd doesn’t see that as a reason the Browns should stay with Brissett in the Week 1 game at the Carolina Panthers, considering Cleveland “ate about $10 million” to trade former QB1 Baker Mayfield to none other than the Panthers earlier this summer.

“Only a fraction of Garoppolo’s current contract is guaranteed, but maybe the 49ers would be willing to swallow more in exchange for a better draft pick,” Lloyd continued. “The Browns could wait for San Francisco hoping he is released on August 30, but that doesn’t give him much time to acclimate to the system here, and there’s no guarantee Garoppolo would pick Cleveland if he had the teams pick.”

In offloading Watson, general manager Andrew Berry and the rest of the Browns front office informally told the football community that they believe the team would have made the playoffs last season if Mayfield had played better and/or was remained healthy. If even a few players in the locker room today see Brissett starting as Cleveland essentially embarks on the upcoming campaign, trading for Garoppolo now so he’s ready to go on 9/11 may be a risk for the Browns to take.

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