Published: Mon, February 06, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Jimmy Garoppolo thought the Texans might draft him

The New England Patriots don't have to worry about finding a willing trade partner if they want to unload back-up QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason because the three worst teams in the National Football League all consider Garoppolo their top priority at quarterback. The money probably wouldn't be a problem for the Bears, who have more than $50 million in cap room in 2017, but it would represent a far more expensive option than drafting a quarterback, who would be on a cost-controlled pact for four or five years with minimal cap hits.

Garoppolo, who played at Eastern Illinois, is reportedly Chicago's "top offseason priority".

For the Bears, there will be two prices to pay.'s Mary Kay Cabot reported that the Browns will pursue Garoppolo this spring. They seem to have faith he'll turn into a solid starting quarterback - and he had success in his two starts this season.

The Bears now hold the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and while Chicago's front office is not likely to part with that pick, La Canfora speculates that "a package including multiple high second-round picks is quite possible".

The Bears are not expected to be the only franchise to make a push to acquire New England's third-year quarterback, as a report surfaced earlier this week that the Cleveland Browns would "strongly consider" trading for him this offseason, depending on their draft evaluations.

Of course later on the Texans used the 135th pick and took quarterback Tom Savage in the fourth round. The Bears could either trade down from No. 3 and use the 2017 first round pick they receive in their trade with the Patriots.

Luckily for Raiders fans, the Browns did what the Browns do, and failed miserably on their draft pick. The argument could be made that the Bears should let him play out his final season but that is not how business operates in the NFL. Cleveland held the second overall pick a year ago and elected to trade back multiple times, passing up Carson Wentz, in order to acquire more picks, instead selecting a wide receiver at 15. He's also entering the previous year of his rookie contract. In terms of a contract, the blueprint will be the deal that Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans.

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