That's according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, who reports that during the draft the Browns buzzed the Patriots and asked them if they would deal Garoppolo.
And, according to Schefter, the Browns were rebuffed. Again. Hope did not return.
Browns inquired last night about trading for Patriots' QB Jimmy Garappolo and were told, once again, NE not interested, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2017
The Browns haven't made their interest in trying to get Garoppolo that much of a secret. They would like to acquire the third-year quarterback, who has one year left on his rookie contract with the Patriots (but who could be franchise tagged and traded next offseason).
Presumably, the interest heated up when the Bears and select Mitchell Trubisky. Everyone and their brother knew the Browns wanted Trubisky, but they weren't willing to use the top pick on him (and apparently weren't willing to pay the 49ers' price to come up and the second pick).
So the Bears grabbed Trubisky, leaving the Browns to either sit at 12 and get a quarterback or to seek other alternatives. It's possible they waited untilwith the No. 10 pick -- -- before making the call to the Patriots.
It stands to reason at that point the Browns picked up the phone and called New England to try and figure out if a deal was still possible, potentially by packaging No. 12 overall and a bunch of second-round picks.
Just like before, the deal wasn't happening. The Patriots probably didn't hang up on the Browns, but they certainly declined to pursue a deal. Which means the Pats could very well end up keeping Jimmy G as a backup and insurance policy for Tom Brady,