"Of course Bill O'Brien would love to acquire someone as talented as Jimmy Garoppolo," NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said on Thursday's edition of Up to the Minute. "It would make a lot of sense. The system would be the same, the transition would be easy, everything would match up."
There's only one problem.
"From my understanding, the Patriots do not want to deal Jimmy Garoppolo," Rapoport continued. "They really just don't, whether it's to the Browns, whether it's to the Texans. Their stance right now ... is they do not want to give up someone who they consider a franchise quarterback for a pick this year."
If any organization is going to put together a godfather offer, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo pointed out, it would be Cleveland as opposed to Houston.
When Cleveland and New England discussed Garoppolo around the time of the NFL combine in late February, Garafolo added, the Patriots offered no indication that the former Eastern Illinois star would be available.
"The Browns may make a late run at Garoppolo," Rapoport explained, "but they do not seem to believe there's any hope there."
Just as importantly, Belichick understands he can retain Garoppolo's rights via the franchise tag next offseason.