The New England Patriots are willing to deal backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but the price will be high, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Schefter, appearing Wednesday on Boston-based WEEI radio, said the conversation will begin with a first- and fourth-round pick for Garoppolo, the former second-round pick with one year left on his rookie deal. Garoppolo has completed 43 of 62 passes for 502 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has played in five games with two starts this season.

Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported last week that a “person close to the Patriots” would be stunned if the backup quarterback was traded. Schefter clarified his report Wednesday.

“I didn’t say that. One person told me that,” Schefter said. “I don’t know that I believe that. I think they definitely are going to listen and it’s going to be up to another team to make an attractive enough (offer). There was one person I spoke to with the Patriots who said he would be stunned if they traded him.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that that person is right, it means I think they are going to listen and it means they are going to ask for a lot. If somebody steps forward, whether it is Chicago, Cleveland or San Francisco, I think they act, but they are not looking to randomly deal the guy to deal the guy.”

TITANS: Veteran quarterback Matt Cassel has been lobbying coaches to keep the offense the same as it has been with Marcus Mariota behind center.

“I’ve been learning about the zone read all year,” Cassel said. “I’ve been watching a lot of it. Now I don’t know how many times I’d actually pull it in, but at the same time I’ve been lobbying for it for sure.”

BROWNS: Cleveland dropped plans to move its training camp to Columbus, Ohio.

After considering a move in 2018, the team announced it will continue to hold summer camp in Berea, Ohio, for the immediate future.

BRONCOS: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware needs season-ending back surgery that could spell the end of his career.

Denver placed Ware on injured reserve with cornerback Kayvon Webster, who sustained a concussion last weekend at Kansas City.

BENGALS: Receiver A.J. Green won’t play in the final game Sunday against Baltimore.

Green severely strained his right hamstring Nov. 20 on the first pass thrown his way during a loss to Buffalo.

BUCCANEERS: Running back Doug Martin was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances and said he’s entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban.

Martin, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, slowed by a hamstring injury this season after rushing for 1,402 yards in 2015, will miss Sunday’s regular-season finale against Carolina.

BILLS: Aside from having an interim head coach in Anthony Lynn, Buffalo has an interim starting quarterback: E.J. Manuel.

Without going into detail, Lynn called it “a business decision” to start Manuel in place of Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo’s season finale Sunday against the New York Jets. Both teams are eliminated from playoff contention.

DOLPHINS: Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus will miss the rest of the season for playoff-bound Miami after hurting his neck Saturday at Buffalo.

He was placed on season-ending injured reserve. The Dolphins also promoted undrafted rookie free-agent safety A.J. Hendy from the practice squad.

PANTHERS: Quarterback Cam Newton surprised a 10-year-old boy who has a serious heart condition and got a big hug in return.

Newton visited an Atlanta children’s hospital Tuesday, and Taylor Austin Deckard was wearing Newton’s No. 2 Auburn jersey at the time.

SEAHAWKS: Barring an unlikely series of circumstances on the final Sunday of the season, Seattle will relinquish having the best scoring defense in the NFL for the first time since 2011.

Going into Week 17, the Seahawks have allowed 269 points for an average of 17.9 per game. New England has allowed 33 fewer points, meaning Seattle likely would have to shut out San Francisco and hope for a huge offensive game from Miami against the Patriots to have a chance at a fifth straight title.

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