Jimmy Garoppolo's Instagram farewell appears to be a hoax

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No, Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t been traded, no matter what his Instagram page says.

A message posted in the wee hours of Friday morning on the New England Patriots quarterback’s verified page read: “So grateful for my time in New England. Peace out Boston.”

But a person close to Garoppolo told USA TODAY Sports they’re unaware of any trade talks and it appears to be a prank or hack.

Nice timing, whatever it is.

The Cleveland Browns’ maneuvering at the start of free agency Thursday – including a surprise trade with the Houston Texans to eat quarterback Brock Osweiler’s contract and add an extra second-round pick in 2018 – renewed speculation they’re gearing up for a run at Tom Brady’s backup.

But the Patriots have plenty of reasons to be reluctant to trade Garoppolo.

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