Would Browns trade the first overall pick for a quarterback?

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The notion recently floated by the Browns that they’re torn between defensive end Myles Garrett and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky overlooks one critical reality regarding the situation: If the Browns would use the first overall pick on a rookie quarterback (essentially trading the pick for a rookie quarterback), would they trade the pick for a veteran quarterback?

The Patriots, by all accounts, have decided they won’t be trading Jimmy Garoppolo at all, presumably even if the offer includes the top pick in the draft. As one league source recently explained it to PFT, coach Bill Belichick has decided that he wants Garoppolo to be the backup to Tom Brady in 2017 — and that Belichick will worry about Garoppolo becoming a free agent in 2018 when 2018 arrives.

So what about the trading the first overall pick in the draft for Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins? While that may seem like a high price for a guy who has yet to firmly establish himself as a franchise quarterback, think of it another way. If Cousins were in the draft pool along with Garrett and all of the various unproven rookie quarterbacks for whom success in the NFL is a coin-flip proposition at best, wouldn’t the Browns take Cousins?

Of course, they’d get him that way at a contract that pays out less than $30 million over four years. To keep Cousins the sixth-year franchise-tagged veteran beyond 2017, the Browns would have to break the bank, with a long-term deal that pays out at least $52 million fully guaranteed over the first two years of the contract.

It would be unconventional, but this is the team that bought a second-round pick last month for $16 million. If they’ll do that to get a quarterback they don’t want, what would they pay for one they do?

Coach Hue Jackson runs an offense very similar to the one Cousins has mastered in Washington with Jay Gruden. The Cleveland interest in Cousins, rumored for weeks, is something needs to at least be considered as the draft approaches.

63 responses to “Would Browns trade the first overall pick for a quarterback?

  1. I wouldn’t trade the first pick in the draft for Cousins or for any quarterback.

    It’s time for the Browns to stop stockpiling picks and start using them. Pick Garrett.

  2. What about a Sam Bradford trade?

    I would hate to see him go and would rather have him than any top 10 pick in this years draft, but our GM has been known to do such things….

  3. Coach Hue Jackson runs an offense very similar to the one Cousins has mastered in Washington

    Mastered, really?…sure he’s above average, but you always make him out to be great.
    He ain’t great.

  4. One would think that you use this draft and build both lines, roll Brock out, who you would think has a fire lit under his tail to show he is not a total embarrassment and continue on a path of building towards winning long term instead of trying to win the Lombardi with garbage each season.

  5. There is no qb options available that are worth the first pick overall. If they were looking to get a qb then trade the pick down for a package of picks. Then use one of those for the qb by draft or trade (There are too many scenarios to get specific) and the rest of the picks to further build the team.

  6. The Browns are going to send #12, a 2nd rounder, and either a 3rd or 4th rounder to NE for Garoppolo.

    JG is head and shoulders above any QB in this draft. Look at what teams gave up for Goff, RG ME, Bradford, Sanchez, etc.

  7. The Browns have five picks in the first 65 selections. If they use the #1 pick for a QB in any way, then they deserve another decade of irrelevance.

  8. The Rams essentially traded their draft for the next 2 years for Jared Goff, who is iffy at best. Why wouldn’t you trade the same picks for Jimmy Garoppolo, who at has learned under TB and performed extremely well when given the opportunity? Make no sense to keep picking these untested college qb’s who never amount to anything.

  9. Ok Cleveland…here’s your chance…Tyrod Taylor for the #1 pick…last chance…

    Going….going…gon…going…going….going….I’m serious…last chance….going….going…going…. going…we’ll throw in 2 dozen wings….going…going…aw man c’mon…going…going…

  10. charliework says:

    The Browns have five picks in the first 65 selections. If they use the #1 pick for a QB in any way, then they deserve another decade of irrelevance.
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    This is most intelligent comment I’ve read on this post. That said, I’ve learned never to underestimate the stupidity of the Browns front office, especially now, since they have no one with deep NFL experience running the show, except the head coach.

  11. davefromtheburgh says:
    Apr 12, 2017 8:38 PM
    I wouldn’t trade the first pick in the draft for Cousins or for any quarterback.

    It’s time for the Browns to stop stockpiling picks and start using them. Pick Garrett.

    Agreed. The NFL isn’t a “look how many cards I have in my hand” league. There’s been no joy in Cleveland for 2 decades. I don’t want to wait another one before we start winning.

    Pick Garrett

  12. You have got to be freaking kidding!!! Kirk Cousins! Kirk isn’t worth a second-round pick, Kirk can’t win against good defenses. Kirk chokes in big games has never won a playoff game. But I guess if a team is dumb enough to pay $16 million for Brock and a second-round pick in next years draft. The Browns are losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. if they pass on Garrett they deserve another decade of irrelevance and being the NFL’s laughingstock, do the right thing and take a guy who will be an immediate difference maker and maybe the face of the franchise. But they will screw it up

  14. And you buy this?
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    The Patriots, by all accounts, have decided they won’t be trading Jimmy Garoppolo at all, presumably even if the offer includes the top pick in the draft. As one league source recently explained it to PFT, coach Bill Belichick has decided that he wants Garoppolo to be the backup to Tom Brady in 2017 — and that Belichick will worry about Garoppolo becoming a free agent in 2018 when 2018 arrives.

  15. Hahaha Browns. It seems like whatever they do will turn out to be wrong. I feel bad for Browns fans who despite there garbage still show there support.

  16. The Browns need to offer the Patriots picks
    12 & 33 this year & 2 2018 2nd rounders (they have 3 next year) for Garopollo…. & throw in the rights for Gordon…I can’t believe Bill wouldn’t accept that offer

  17. ggreen657 says:
    Apr 12, 2017 9:03 PM
    The Rams essentially traded their draft for the next 2 years for Jared Goff, who is iffy at best. Why wouldn’t you trade the same picks for Jimmy Garoppolo, who at has learned under TB and performed extremely well when given the opportunity? Make no sense to keep picking these untested college qb’s who never amount to anything.

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    Im not all that sure Belichick will trade Garrapolo. I get it all the guys arguing no way he keeps him. But really anyone trying to guess Belichicks next move is kidding themselves. Basically if you guess right you did nothing no trickier than guessing what a dice roll will do.

    A private thought I do have is that if BB is willing to part with him for any price thats a hint he is not the cant miss franchise qb he gets painted as. Because true top franchise qbs are just too hard to find.

  18. Would the Browns? Sure, they have done lots of dumb things like drafting Manziel in the 1st round. Should they? No there isn’t a franchise guy up for trade.

  19. ggreen657 says:
    Apr 12, 2017 9:03 PM
    The Rams essentially traded their draft for the next 2 years for Jared Goff, who is iffy at best. Why wouldn’t you trade the same picks for Jimmy Garoppolo, who at has learned under TB and performed extremely well when given the opportunity? Make no sense to keep picking these untested college qb’s who never amount to anything.

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    That is what they said about Matt Cassell.

  20. The Browns need a GM like Kevin Costner who pulled off major moves during the draft in that movie.

  21. “If the Browns would use the first overall pick on a rookie quarterback (essentially trading the pick for a rookie quarterback), would they trade the pick for a veteran quarterback?”

    No, that’s not “essentially trading the pick” at all. It’s making a pick. End.

    The qb’s in this draft look like the ones in the 2011 draft, minus a Cam Newton clone. Trubisky is Jake Locker 2.0

  22. jazzawakens says:
    Apr 12, 2017 8:50 PM
    There is no qb options available that are worth the first pick overall.
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    As an unbiased opinion, You are 100% correct.
    This is considered to be the weakest QB class in several years. In all honesty Cleveland has a lot of other holes to plug before becoming a challenger. Take the best player on the board, or trade down to some desperate GM. This is a strong d-back and d-line class and deep. Build a defense.

  23. Can you imagine if the pats get a boat load of picks for Jimmy.

    Can you imagine if Jimmy signs a long term contract and Brady plays for the league minimum.

    Either way patriots come out on top

  24. No, they wouldn’t trade the # 1 pick for a QB. They would take Myles Garrett #1 and then trade #12 pick for Cousins and I doubt they would even offer that with Washington having zero leverage.

  25. The Browns are going to send #12, a 2nd rounder, and either a 3rd or 4th rounder to NE for Garoppolo.

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    Jay Cutler, who was obviously on his way out, commanded 2 first and a 3rd. I wouldn’t be so sure that they wouldn’t take less than pick #12, a 2018 first, and maybe some backend filler.

    The Pats have cap room to keep Garoppolo on the roster for a while and they love him.

  26. The thought process that anyone thinks Jimmy Garropolo, a backup, that has started 1 game or an unproven rookie, offers better value or upside than what Kirk Cousins given what he has done the past 2 years is borderline ridiculous. He’s performing like a top 5 QB. 9,000 yds passing, 55 TDs against 22 ints w/ almost 70% completion rate. Those stats are absurd and at 28 he’s just stepping into his prime.

  27. At most the 12 for him, I guess. I think their best bet is to try and finagle some ’18 1st round pick(s) and other ammunition to make a move on a QB next year. This year they can fill up the many other holes on the team and hopefully do the “Suck for Stidham”, or whatever the hot target is.

    The old Browns, yes probably would drop a 1st overall pick on either of these overrated QB (You like this? or Brady takes all my reps!)

  28. I really don’t get all the Cousins hate. Has 9000 passing yards in the last two years. I’m not saying he’s going to be a HOF QB, but he’s a legitimate starting QB. Add him to Kessler and either Osweiler or a rookie mid round pick and we have a QB room that can win more than it loses.

  29. I would trade the #1 pick for Cousins over Garappolo in a heart beat. Cleveland, I can’t believe I am saying this, has some good players (Thomas especially), and free agency results will allow for Cousins to find ducks on the pond. Make the Pats sweat keeping Jimmy G. Bout time the Browns, my second favorite team, do something good! PS, we in Broncos Country have plenty of lakes, rivers, and streams for Joe to fish if he is looking for a new home.

  30. Were the Browns not paying attention the past 8 years? Dont be like St. Louis or Washington. Be like Dallas. It baffles me that a team with glaring needs up and down their roster doesn’t just take the best available guy with every pick, and when it isn’t clear who is best, lean toward OL, then DL, then the rest of the defense. Cleveland doesn’t seem like an Indianapolis kind of town, who needs a fancy aerial attack and gaudy numbers. Cleveland seems to be the kind of place that will get REALLY EXCITED about a tough, defense-first team that controls the line of scrimmage and the clock. Amirite?

  31. Would Browns trade the first overall pick for a quarterback?

    Yeah Sure Its The Browns!!

  32. Forget this talk: they need McCarron, and should get him for a 2nd round or late 1st round pick. He’s proven, knows the system,and knows Hue. Do it. Forget Cousins, Redskins will eventually pay him. Their procrastination is silly: there’s nothing better available to them.

  33. Cleveland, please do the right thing. Use your #1 for the best player in the draft. Garrett.

  34. Being able to put pressure on a quarterback without having to continuously blitz is PRICELESS to an offensive coordinator.
    The only 1st pick in this draft is GARRETT!!!!!!!

  35. The article seems to say trading the first pick for Cousins is a bad idea since he hasn’t established himself as a franchise QB but Garoppolo would be worth it with his 2 starts if he was available. Really? Does anyone remember Matt Cassel? At least he had a full season of film for evaluation. JG beat two terrible defenses and then got hurt and now he is Tom Brady Jr.

  36. Browns need to STOP stockpiling picks and grow some balls and actual draft some GREAT players. If the Browns don’t get their act together soon, I have NO problem with the NFL stripping the owner of his ownership & sending the team to London or Mexico. Enough already.

  37. Whay if Jacksonville or Oakland made Blake Bortles and Derek Carr available (because they don’t want to pay them down the road) with some combo of draft picks as compensation? Both are top 20 QBs going into their 4th year. Would you deal?

  38. Cousins in better that QGARP polo. He is better than anyone in the draft or other free agent QBs. The question is is he worth a high draft pick and 24 million a year

  39. ggreen657,

    I think the Garoppolo talk is foolish. I would be skeptical of any backup from NE. That team is built to make any QB be able to succeed. It helps they have a pretty good one running it, but after TB any QB can be “serviceable” to allow them a chance to win. Look at the QBs that have left and fell on their face because they didn’t have arguably the GOAT coach?

    In reality, NE is built to be a “game manager” (not meant disrespectful) team for the QB. Throw 5-10 passes, move the chains and line up again. Don’t make bad decisions and we win. Simple.

    Browns need far more than a game manager since they don’t have the team to support that type of mentality.

  40. My take on this is, quit doing business with NE. Please! Jimmy Garropolo has not proven himself to “anything” but another overhyped NE, sensation. (See Matt Cassel.) As long as teams keep fattening their pockets, how do they ever expect to win? Provided Tom Brady is still the quarterback.

  41. There is nothing wrong with the way the Browns have conducted business for the last 20 years.

    Signed,
    The AFC North

  42. Garoppolo and Brady together for the foreseeable future. Money isn’t an issue to Brady so he will take minimum. They will split the season and become the first team with situational quarterbacks. Only the Pats can pull this off. But it will be the NFL norm 15 years from now.

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