On Thursday, the team found out Watson would be gone for 11 games.
“But to answer your question about Jimmy G and the Browns,” Rapoport said to McAfee. “I’ve seen some reports. I just don’t get the sense that the Browns are that interested. I just don’t. I mean, they signed Jacoby Brissett for a reason. If they trade for Jimmy G, it’s 20-plus more million dollars. Not that money is the biggest concern… I’ve checked with everyone, maybe something will surprise me, I just do not get the sense that there is that much interest.”
Veteran QB Jacoby Brissett is set to be the team’s regular season fill-in for Watson and his performance during camp has not instilled confidence in fans and media that he will be able to perform anywhere near the level of the three-time Pro Bowler.
Although Jimmy Garoppolo may represent an upgrade, the team is not likely wanting to pay him top money after handing Watson a fully guaranteed $230 million contract after trading for him over the offseason.
Rapoport’s report doesn’t eliminate the chance of the Browns trading for Garoppolo, but it is likely to quiet down the rumors.
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