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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.

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63 Responses to “Would Browns trade the first overall pick for a quarterback?”
  1. 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.

  2. tacomatiger says: Apr 12, 2017 8:38 PM

    Kirk is a loser. Just a young Carson Palmer

  3. edavidberg says: Apr 12, 2017 8:39 PM

    I think that’s a stupid question but I also think the #12 pick might be in play if Kirk was willing to sign long term.

  4. therealraider says: Apr 12, 2017 8:39 PM

    Why? Jay Cutler is a FA

  5. prideof10000lakes says: Apr 12, 2017 8:41 PM

    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….

  6. jimnaizeeum says: Apr 12, 2017 8:42 PM

    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.

  7. tomtravis76 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:43 PM

    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.

  8. kcchefs58 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:44 PM

    The Browns already have Brock Os…they’re set.

  9. owlbania says: Apr 12, 2017 8:44 PM

    Not shilling for Kaep anymore? They could get him for nothing.

  10. heymister24 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:46 PM

    Next year’s QB class is better than 2017, what would Browns use those extra 2018 picks for if they draft mediocre trubisky this year.

  11. kferguson2002 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:48 PM

    I would do it for Cousins and the Redskins’ 2nd or 3rd round pick. Cleveland has been searching for a QB for almost 2 decades now

  12. reddzen says: Apr 12, 2017 8:49 PM

    No. Just no.

  13. jazzawakens says: Apr 12, 2017 8:50 PM

    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.

  14. ricko1112 says: Apr 12, 2017 8:54 PM

    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.

  15. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Apr 12, 2017 8:56 PM

    Why do the Browns seem destined to screw this up?

  16. charliework says: Apr 12, 2017 9:01 PM

    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.

  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.

  18. whodeylifer says: Apr 12, 2017 9:07 PM

    AJ McCarron, swap 1st round picks (1 for the 9) and 5th rounder (comp pick). Bengals get Garrett with 1st pick.

  19. mclennon99 says: Apr 12, 2017 9:09 PM

    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…

  20. ravensrooster94 says: Apr 12, 2017 9:12 PM

    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.
    __________________

    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.

  21. reddzen says: Apr 12, 2017 9:17 PM

    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

  22. sgrvn329 says: Apr 12, 2017 9:26 PM

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. bringbackkosar says: Apr 12, 2017 9:27 PM

    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

  24. jaggedmark says: Apr 12, 2017 9:30 PM

    And you buy this?
    ————————————–
    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.

  25. jaysayz says: Apr 12, 2017 9:32 PM

    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.

  26. theright0pinion says: Apr 12, 2017 9:41 PM

    Browns should take Myles Garrett with the #1 pick and sign Jay Cutler… go 5 – 11 this year and then pick a QB next season.

  27. kissbillsrings says: Apr 12, 2017 9:48 PM

    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

  28. jazzawakens says: Apr 12, 2017 9:48 PM

    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.

    —————-

    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.

  29. buckybadger says: Apr 12, 2017 9:56 PM

    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.

  30. buckybadger says: Apr 12, 2017 9:57 PM

    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.

    —————————

    That is what they said about Matt Cassell.

  31. tbw880 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:00 PM

    This drama is all about Jimmy G…..

  32. doctorpancake says: Apr 12, 2017 10:08 PM

    Trade the 1st overall pick to the Panthers for Derek Anderson, the most recent Cleveland Browns QB to make a Pro Bowl.

  33. xenova1 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:11 PM

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

  34. terryleather says: Apr 12, 2017 10:24 PM

    “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

  35. natijim235 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:24 PM

    Its the Browns they’re not supposed to get the QB right…right?

  36. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Apr 12, 2017 10:42 PM

    jazzawakens says:
    Apr 12, 2017 8:50 PM
    There is no qb options available that are worth the first pick overall.
    =====================================
    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.

  37. magnumpimustache says: Apr 12, 2017 10:47 PM

    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

  38. redskinsfan1982 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:54 PM

    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.

  39. descendency says: Apr 12, 2017 10:55 PM

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

    ———

    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.

  40. mzew233 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:58 PM

    They passed on tony. They won’t get garropolo.

    Cutler could get them 9 wins easily

  41. eloso1 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:31 PM

    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.

  42. slick50kc says: Apr 13, 2017 12:28 AM

    Would trade Alex Smith for that 12th.

  43. ee00ee says: Apr 13, 2017 12:30 AM

    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!)

  44. dawgbite says: Apr 13, 2017 1:19 AM

    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.

  45. nodindenver says: Apr 13, 2017 1:42 AM

    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.

  46. aj66shanghai says: Apr 13, 2017 5:25 AM

    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?

  47. trentdilfer08 says: Apr 13, 2017 7:31 AM

    Would Browns trade the first overall pick for a quarterback?

    Yeah Sure Its The Browns!!

  48. Jdog63 says: Apr 13, 2017 7:46 AM

    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.

  49. jerruhjones says: Apr 13, 2017 7:46 AM

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

  50. labrowns says: Apr 13, 2017 8:10 AM

    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!!!!!!!

  51. labrowns says: Apr 13, 2017 8:12 AM

    That should have been DEFENSIVE COACH.

  52. veloman75 says: Apr 13, 2017 8:22 AM

    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.

  53. jonathankrobinson424 says: Apr 13, 2017 8:39 AM

    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.

  54. dejadoh says: Apr 13, 2017 8:49 AM

    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?

  55. fromthere2 says: Apr 13, 2017 8:59 AM

    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

  56. danfromindy says: Apr 13, 2017 9:01 AM

    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.

  57. ravennation52 says: Apr 13, 2017 9:25 AM

    Ravens trade Joe Flacco for the #1 overall pick…

  58. RuddyJamesDIO says: Apr 13, 2017 9:38 AM

    How are you people even comparing Garoppolo to Cousins. No comparison….Cousins far and above better at this point in their careers.

  59. Susan Imbriale says: Apr 13, 2017 9:39 AM

    Ok listen up
    Trade number one pick to Green Bay for Huntly .
    Case closed

  60. lordliftedme says: Apr 13, 2017 9:44 AM

    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.

  61. guitarkevin says: Apr 13, 2017 10:05 AM

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

    Signed,
    The AFC North

  62. rootpain says: Apr 13, 2017 11:12 AM

    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.

  63. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Apr 13, 2017 2:51 PM

    No.

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