The Browns will still try to trade for Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, league sources told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and they now have an extra second-round pick in 2018 to pull it off.
They acquired Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler and the 2018 second-round pick in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick (No. 142, compensatory). They also got the Texans sixth-round pick (No. 188).
Essentially, they moved up from the fourth-round to the second for $16 million — the price of Osweiler’s guaranteed contract.
They might either trade or release Osweiler, because the trade was all about getting the pick and not about the quarterback.
The Browns have the ammunition to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo and will try to put together a strong package that the Patriots will accept.
The Browns have two first-round picks and two second-rounders this year, and now three second-round picks in 2018.
The Browns will likely be willing to part with their No. 12 overall pick this year for Garoppolo, and at least one of the second-round picks next year.
One league source close to the situation said the Browns’ No. 12 likely won’t get it done, and that the Patriots will want the Browns’ No. 1 overall pick this year.