NFL Rumors: Patriots 'not expected' to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo

With the 2017 NFL Draft set to get underway only a few days from now on April 27, rumors of potential trades have been floating around. The one team at the core of these rumors is the Cleveland Browns with the team having the first and 12th pick in the draft.

The Browns are in desperate need of a quarterback and have the assets to get one whether it is in a trade or simply taking one of the best available players at the position on Thursday. Jimmy Garoppolo of the New England Patriots has been considered a potential target for the Browns or any other team in need of a starter under center, but it seems as though New England won't be sending him anywhere; according to ESPN:

"The New England Patriots are not expected to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason and he is expected to go to training camp with them, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter."

Coming off his record fifth Super Bowl title, veteran quarterback Tom Brady wants to play well into his 40s. That leaves Garoppolo's future in the NFL hanging in the balance, especially after showcasing his talents while filling in for a suspended Brady last season. 

In his short time as the Patriots starter, Garoppolo showed tremendous talent and the ability to be a team's face of the franchise in the NFL. New England, however, appears to be going the safe route if they do indeed keep Garoppolo.

Although Brady has been able to stay healthy throughout the majority of his career while also staying extremely productive as arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, Father Time catches up to everyone. There's no telling how long Brady may have left as he's set to turn 40 in August, but keeping a talented successor appears to be the plan for Bill Belichick and company.