I never understood why there was so much traction to that the narrative that the Pats were offered a first for JG, especially a high first like the Browns had. THINK ABOUT IT!. How would you feel if the Pats offered a first for a QB who had 5 good but not great seasons in the NFL. Say a guy like Teddy Bridgewater. Anyone racing out the door to offer Carolina our first for Teddy? Or any other team? Or how about 5 good GAMES? There have been tons of failed QB's who have had 5 great games in this league, NO one was ready to offer a first of ANY of them. Gardner Minshew had about that number his rookie year on a horrible team with worse coaching. So why haven't I seen the posts pile up demanding we send our 2021 first for ol' Gardner?This is a case of fans misremembering things after the fact. Nobody wanted Jimmy for the 1st rounder the Patriots were asking, he sat on the trading block four months prior to the season. Which isn't surprising considering he started one and half games and got "hurt." It wasn't until a week before the draft the Patriots announced through Schefter that Jimmy wouldn't be traded and would start the season on the team. The best offers they reportedly received at that point were 2nd's from the Browns and the 49ers, Jimmy's agent told the Browns he wouldn't re-sign there and not to bother.
I get that in many fans minds BB is the nefarious bad guy always looking to sabotage... well himself, but this is all based off what fans thought they should get for Jimmy. Years earlier fans thought they would get a 1st for Matt Cassel, the best offer they received was a 2nd from the Chiefs and they had to eat the remainder of Vrabel's contract as he was well past his prime.
Then given all this, tell me, who in their right minds would offer the Patriots a first round pick for a good young prospect who managed 5 freaking solid but not great QUARTERS of NFL football. That's right NO ONE! And no one did back then, and anyone who claims they did are just plain lying or where part of the NFL draft planning committee who decided it was a really good idea to gather 50000 people in a small place to hear something they could hear on every electronic device on the planet safely.