Jimmy Garoppolo was a breakout star for the Patriots early in the season, and at age 25 he's one of the most valuable trade assets in the league.
Colin Cowherd said Tuesday that he believes the Patriots could land a fortune if they chose to offload Garoppolo, but on Wednesday's episode of The Herd, Cowherd explained why that would be a very risky move for coach Bill Belichick and New England.
Cowherd: Garoppolo has proven that he's a rare commodity
“I think he’s really good. I think he’s going to be a really good player. I think he’s got the chance to be a long-term franchise quarterback. And we’ve seen tape, we’ve seen him in games.
"He looks very good, he’s got the feet, he’s got the arms, he’s got a lot of things going for him, he’s been coached up. And he was a great college player -- his last year in college he had like  touchdowns, 65 percent completions. I mean the guy … he’s a 6-foot-3 kid with good feet, a good arm, he’s learned the most complex system in the NFL."
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Cowherd: Jacoby Brissett is not on Garoppolo's level
“He stepped in for Tom Brady, and he looked fantastic. He looked absolutely fantastic. Jacoby Brissett did not. He looked good for one game, the second game he couldn’t score a point. New England got shut out. So don’t tell me Brissett is Jimmy Garoppolo.
"If I was New England, I would not give him up, but every man has a breaking point. Every man, every person, at some point you make an offer that’s just [too good]. Like, I don’t want to sell my house. If somebody came up and offered double what my house is worth, I’d probably sell it. I don’t want to sell it -- you could give me a better price than the market, I wouldn’t sell it -- but if somebody came up and offered me double for what my house is worth, I’d move down the street.”
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Cowherd: The Patriots have a very poor record of drafting QBs
“Everybody is like, Jjust go get another Garoppolo. Since Belichick arrived in New England, let’s look at the nine quarterbacks they’ve drafted. Nine.
"You do realize, Tom Brady was luck. You don’t get credit for a sixth-round quarterback. You passed on him five times. You had no idea Tom Brady was going to be this. So you don’t get credit for Tom Brady. You get credit for sticking with him, but I don’t want to hear that your ‘expertise’ got you Tom Brady.”
Cowherd: The vast majority of QBs taken in the draft will never be good enough to start
"That leaves eight quarterbacks. Jacoby Brissett, Garoppolo, Ryan Mallett, Zac Robinson, Kevin O’Connell, Matt Cassel, Kliff Kingsbury, Rohan Davey. And, by the way, in most instances you used decent picks. One of those guys can play: Jimmy Garoppolo. One of those guys we know can play.
"So spare me on this, 'We’ll just get another Jimmy Garoppolo.' Think about this, in the last three years in the NFL, 36 quarterbacks have been drafted. Five can play. That’s 13.9 percent.
"36 quarterbacks drafted the last three years. Five we all know can play: Dak, Winston, Mariota, Derek Carr, and I’m giving you Carson Wentz.
"And by the way, even in the first round. [Just] first-round quarterbacks the last three years: eight drafted, three can play. That’s 40 percent. 60 percent can’t. ... So I don’t think you can just go find another Jimmy Garoppolo."
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