Report: Browns to consider Jimmy Garoppolo if Deshaun Watson suspension increases

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The Browns and quarterback Deshaun Watson are waiting for Peter Harvey’s decision on the NFL’s appeal of Watson’s six-game suspension and that ruling could lead the Browns to look outside the organization for another starting option.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the Browns will consider trading for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo if Harvey’s ruling results in a significantly longer suspension for Watson.

Jacoby Brissett is currently set to be the starter with Watson out of the lineup and Cabot reports the team is comfortable with that for six or eight games. The NFL is seeking a suspension of one year, however, and any move to a suspension of double-digit games would reportedly lead the Browns to rethink moving forward with Brissett as the sole option for the starting job.

Garoppolo is the only quarterback available who fits the bill for that role and he’s had more success as a starter than Brissett has over the course of his career. Garoppolo has been cleared after shoulder surgery, but has not been practicing with the 49ers at training camp.

Watson is currently set to start Cleveland’s preseason opener on Friday night, but Harvey’s ruling could come before the game and lead to a change in plans on multiple fronts.

63 responses to “Report: Browns to consider Jimmy Garoppolo if Deshaun Watson suspension increases

  1. Browns will have no draft picks left if they keep trading for QBs. I wonder if Watson will be at the Masseuse combine next year so that he can tell the Browns which masseuse he wants the Browns to draft.

  2. Jimmy G deserves better than that trainwreck of an organization. If the Browns do trade for him though, I’d love to see Jimmy lead them to 14-3 and the AFC Championship just to spit Watson, his defenders, and those who inked his albatross contract.

  3. 49ers options are very limited.
    49ers would agree to get a low draft pick from Cleveland in order to: give Jimmy G. a good landing spot AND keep him away from Seattle…

  4. John Lynch right now: “Browns have picks in rds 2-7. I don’t want to take all their picks that would be mean. Picks 2-5 should do.”

  5. Skip Jimmy and go for the “other” 49er free agent, he may be 5 years rusty, but would be a nice middle finger to the league from the Browns.

  6. Between paying for most of Baker’s salary, paying Watson, and soon paying for Garoppolo the Browns are spending by far the most money on QB ever and will likely get average play

  7. I’ve been a Jimmy G. Fan ever since he started with the Patriots. I believe Jimmy would have rocks in his head if he played for the Browns.

  8. I wouldn’t give more than a conditional 6th-round pick for him. He has only played a full season once in four full seasons as a starter with SF and Brissett can manage the offense until Garoppolo gets up to speed if they wait to sign him off the scrap heap. There isn’t much sense in giving up a decent draft pick just to get him in to camp a couple weeks earlier if you were already expecting to give Brissett six starts.

  9. Jimmy deserves better. I hope he says he won’t suit up for them and goes to a team like Seattle instead.

  10. This whole thing could’ve been avoided if they just let Baker Mayfield rehab his injury over the off-season. He was in the 10 to 15 starting QB before the injury.

  11. AS a Browns fan, and I hate to say it, but how can they screw this up even more than they have? Push out a good QB that got you to the playoffs and your first playoff victory, over the Steelers no less. Then give up too many draft picks and give way too much guaranteed money to a QB with serious allegations and known to get suspended. Sign two possible backups as well and then decide they won’t be good enough and end up probably giving more draft picks and overpaying for another QB. Only the Browns. They make it very difficult to be a fan of them.

  12. If Jimmy G has no other offers after being cut, he’d go to Cleveland. He’s in a one year job audition (although you’d think he doesn’t have to interview too much at this stage of his career, I think he’s put together enough tape). But the Clowns might pull the trigger on a trade in desperation.

  13. It’s beyond funny how far the Browns have fallen. Who is running this show? Hasslem? No matter who how can you screw this up so bad. From having a decent QB who took you to the playoffs for the 1st time in forever to overpaying for a guy who probably will be out for 6 months to a year. So no matter what no playoffs. And then you sign a career backup who also won’t get you to the playoffs. To now having to pay a fortune & maybe picks for another avg qb. LOL. I would just roll with Jacoby & get a high top 5 pick. They will still be stuck with a QB who won’t have played QB since 2020.

  14. Hope Jimmy comes in and absolutely lights it up this season, forcing the Browns to make yet another terrible QB decision next spring when they are forced to trade/waive him.

  15. Worst organization in sports. Not even pro sports, all sports. Could not have handled the last 5 years any worse if you make it your lifes mission. The real brown fans know their team left for Baltimore years ago

  16. ogre4nerds says:
    August 11, 2022 at 2:31 pm
    Jimmy Garoppolo announces his retirement in 3, 2, 1…

    Surely you jest.

  17. Is Drew Carey running the Browns? This is comedy, at this point. Except for the Browns fans.

  18. This would be perfect. Only the Browns would do this. JG is next level of useless. I look forward to watching JG throw those bonehead interceptions and handing the ball off every other play. One thing the Browns do well is provide that carny show type of entertainment because they are certainly not a professional football team.

  19. Not so fast …I see the Bucs trading for him by next week once Brady suddenly retires again.

  20. By letting the 9ers know, through Mary Kay Cabot, that they would consider Garoppolo, the Browns have absolutely screwed away any and all trade leverage they might have had. Seriously bad.

  21. What a mess. Every time I think I’ve seen the lowest point, they always surprise me. Ah, at least it’s never boring being a Browns fan.

  22. theravenflies says:
    August 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm
    Skip Jimmy and go for the “other” 49er free agent, he may be 5 years rusty, but would be a nice middle finger to the league from the Browns.

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    While at it they ought to trade malcontent Kareem Hunt for Lamar Jackson. Both teams would get an upgrade at RB.

  23. all the people saying the franchise is a joke, are the same who’s team has An owner who does care. At least haslam is willing to pay and is doing everything he can to put a winner on the field. Can’t say the same for over half the league.

  24. ajg314 says:
    August 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm
    By letting the 9ers know, through Mary Kay Cabot, that they would consider Garoppolo, the Browns have absolutely screwed away any and all trade leverage they might have had. Seriously bad.
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    On the other hand it’s pretty tough to trade for a player without letting the other team know you’re interested.

  25. The Browns have completely mishandled the Watson situation, from their initial interest in him, to signing him, to giving him that much guaranteed money, to giving away so much draft capital to Houston to perhaps not understanding he could very well be suspended for a full year. However, for Jimmy G this wouldn’t be a bad landing spot.
    Cleveland could get him without giving up too much (49ers will have to cut him soon anyway absent any offers), the contract would reasonable for a mid-level QB and Jimmy was essentially on a 1 year trial run this year anyhow – no matter who he signs with. The Browns could actually have a decent team which wouldn’t hurt Jimmy’s “audition”. Yes, I know Jimmy’s been in the league for many years but his shoulder is a question mark and so is his true value – otherwise he would have been signed by now.

  26. i thumbs down your comment says: “Surely you jest.” …Obviously. No player in the right mind would retire just because a lousy team expresses interest in them. Jimmy won’t retire until the Browns actually secure his rights. LOL

  27. I remember the Browns under Hue Jackson and then Freddie Kitchens and thinking this is going to be the all-time low for the Browns organization. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The current state of the Browns is far worse.

  28. obesewantcannoli says:
    August 11, 2022 at 3:16 pm
    theravenflies says:
    August 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm
    Skip Jimmy and go for the “other” 49er free agent, he may be 5 years rusty, but would be a nice middle finger to the league from the Browns.

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    While at it they ought to trade malcontent Kareem Hunt for Lamar Jackson. Both teams would get an upgrade at RB.
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    You know Hunt is Cleveland’s RB2, right?

  29. Difficult to believe that the Browns would trade for Jimmy G. unless the Niners paid most of the contract. His salary number for 2022 is $24.2 million. It would be smarter to wait for the Niners to release him and sign him for less than $10 mil. for a one-year contract. He’d be a significant upgrade to Brissett. Still, the Browns do have a recent history of managing to pay beyond market value.

  30. The truth is Jimmy would rather play Clark Kent role in the next Superman movie than to play for the Browns.

  31. The Browns are the only team with the cap space to take on Garoppolo’s deal. It’s the only team friendly reason I can see for them structuring Watson like they did, because keeping $40M+ in space on a year where they won’t win anyway and kicking the can down the road in future years is just stupid. They should be redoing a ton of deals right now trying to get as much cap space on this lost year as possible and easing the burden that Watson’s deal will be in the future.

  32. I’m a fan of Andrew Berry but every time he tries to fix the QB position he digs a deep hole for himself anything above a 5t rd pick pass on Jimmy .

  33. As a Browns fan, I still have no problem whatsoever with trading for Watson or trading for Garoppolo. They were not going anywhere with Mayfield and his bloated ego. They have plenty of cap space to afford Garoppolo on a short term deal and they have a superstar QB long term whenever he is available. Folks can laugh at the Browns all they want but I have no doubt that just about every NFL team, and probably every NFL team, would have done exactly what the Browns did if they were in the same situation. I think it’s laughable to believe otherwise.

  34. It’s amazing how many people are dissing Jimmy G here. The guy can’t carry a team for most part and he may make an unfortunate throw once in a while. But he’s had some deep playoff runs. Much better than brisett. Cap won’t be an issue since Watson’s cap hit isn’t much the first year.
    Don’t expect niners to give him away for a low round pick though

  35. The Browns did this…the Browns did that…..The Browns, The Browns one negative report after another. But are the Browns REALLY that bad. These Brown’s Exec’s are experienced business people. Lets all wait. Lets let the season start and the dust settle. Then let us see where we are. The Browns may surprise a lot of people.

  36. If the Browns seem desperate by first trading for Watson and now perhaps Garoppolo you can blame Joe Burrow for getting the Bengals to the Super Bowl in only his second year.No one saw that coming especially Jimmy Haslam.He knows there’s no excuse for not going all the way if you get the right QB.

  37. The Browns are really struggling to find players willing to take a spot on their roster. At this rate, they might not be able to field a team. No wonder Browns fans are so angry and crying all the time.

  38. If this is true the Browns just replaced Clara for the worst run franchise as far as showing your cards. Dumb and dumber.

  39. Is this just media hyperbole or are the Browns this dumb to tip their hand? They would be better off waiting for Clara to release him and then sign JG on the cheap and keep their picks.

  40. People forget that if Watson is suspended, the browns don’t have to pay him until reinstated. They should be able to cover jimmygs contract.. Way cheaper than Watson. I’m sure a 4th round would do for the niners. 3rd if they make the playoffs

  41. “I’ve been a Jimmy G. Fan ever since he started with the Patriots.”

    who has rocks in the head??

  42. “Jimmy G deserves better than that trainwreck of an organization.”

    nope. two low class grifters….they deserve each other

  43. What a difference a few days make. Shanahan was right to keep the kid under wraps until he was ready. He’s ready. He’s good and he’ll get better.

    Jimmy G. will be moving on. Maybe to the Jets. He was a good, not great quarterback. I wish him well.

  44. I want to see how many more names they can add to the amazing jersey of Browns starters this season, might be able to get four if we’re lucky.

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