Chat Sports - Patriots Draft Rumors: New England Still Open To Trading Jimmy Garoppolo For Draft Picks

The New England Patriots were shopping backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo early in the offseason for a pair of high draft picks, and while no deal has come close to happening.

However, New England is still open to trading him, according to Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.

"Anything that we do, we're always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team, and that's how we approach it," Caserio said, via The Boston Herald. "That's not going to change. Whatever you think is best for our team for 2017, for that season, then that's what we'll do. However that manifests itself, not exactly sure, but that's where the focus is, is trying to put together the best team possible for the 2017 season. However that comes about, then we'll take it as it comes."

New England has reportedly been asking for a first and second round pick in return for Garoppolo, and after having early negotiations with the Pats, the Cleveland Browns have expressed interest in re-visiting talks. Cleveland general manager Sashi Brown also hasn't ruled out the team trading for a veteran quarterback before the start of the season. 

The Houston Texans have also shown interest in Garoppolo as well, but New England won't trade him to another AFC contender.

Garoppolo passed for 496 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in two starts this past season.

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