Malcolm Butler and Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots have been frequently mentioned in various NFL trade rumors in the past months. Both players are expected to be moved before the 2017 NFL Draft but nothing has materialized until now.
On Wednesday, Malcolm Butler signed a one-year, $3.91 million tender with the Patriots. This gives New England the ability to move him to another team. However, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots will not trade Butler this offseason.
Schefter also revealed that the Patriots removed Garoppolo on the trade market. The 25-year-old quarterback is expected to participate in their upcoming training camp. The decision to keep Garoppolo is mainly to provide insurance whenever something happens to Tom Brady in 2017.
NFL Trade Rumors: Malcolm Butler and the New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints appeared to be the only realistic suitor of Malcolm Butler. The Saints need to boost their defense as they rank 31st in defense against the pass last season. Before he signed with the Patriots, Butler first explored the free agency market with the hope of finding a new team.
Butler visited the Saints but failed to reach an agreement. Coach Sean Payton is reportedly considering other options to improve their defense. If they give Butler an offer sheet and the Patriots didn’t match, they would have to surrender the 11th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to New England. The Saints plan to use one of the picks to add a cornerback to their team.
NFL Trade Rumors: Jimmy Garoppolo and the Cleveland Browns
Since the offseason started, the Cleveland Browns have expressed interest in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo. The Browns need a quarterback on their team and are reportedly willing to sacrifice the 12th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. With Tom Brady planning to play for three to four more years, it will be best for Garoppolo to join a team where he could receive enough playing time.
Being traded to the Browns will make him an immediate starting quarterback. Recently, Pete Frisco of CBS Sports revealed that the Patriots lower their asking price for Garoppolo. The Patriots are reportedly willing to send him to Cleveland for the 12th overall pick and a 2018 second-round pick.
However, with the latest report that the Patriots have no plan on trading him, Garoppolo will spend more time playing as a backup for Brady. Failing to acquire Garoppolo may also force the Browns to use their draft picks to acquire a quarterback.
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