There should be zero hesitation if the Cleveland Browns believe Jimmy Garoppolo is the right quarterback.
The team that passed on a shot at Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Wentz, among others, can’t afford to pass on any more shots. The Browns have almost no choice; if they believe Garoppolo can be the guy, they have to trade the 12th pick in the draft to the New England Patriots to get him.
Anthony Lynn said he understands the pressure of coaching in a big city like Los Angeles.
At 28 years old, Kawann Short’s best time to get a long-term deal with the Panthers is now. Whether the Browns use the 12th pick in a trade for Garoppolo or to draft a quarterback, the result is the same: a quarterback wearing an orange helmet. Except Garoppolo would have three years’ experience on the drafted player.
None of the draft-eligible quarterbacks is thought ready to play right away. Mitch Trubisky, Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer all need time, the thinking goes. In the same time that those three have been in college, Garoppolo has been learning behind Tom Brady and playing for Bill Belichick in New England.
Either way, it appears to be a no-lose situation for the Panthers — unless Short fails to sign the tag and decides to sit out the 2017 season.
You can’t rule that out.
Short said after the season that he wouldn’t pull a Josh Norman and refuse to sign the tag. But Pro Football Talk, citing a source close to the situation, said last month the 2015 Pro Bowl selection won’t quickly sign the tag and may not sign it at all.
One thing Short has made clear, he wants to remain with the Panthers. It seems unlikely he would forego an entire season if Carolina uses the tag.