The New England Patriots have a valuable trade asset in 23-year-old backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and with Tom Brady confident that he still has several years left in his career, many analysts have argued that the Patriots should try to cash in on Garoppolo's value.
On Monday's episode of "Undisputed," Colin Cowherd argued that even if the Browns were to offer the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Patriots should still keep Garoppolo.
Cowherd: Garoppolo is simply too valuable to the Patriots
"I wouldn’t trade him, either, I’m not surprised at all. Tom’s 40, and it’s a big difference between Tom getting a helmet to the knee at 24 and Tom getting a helmet to the knee that would change everything at 40.
"I mean, it’s great that Tom won, but let’s not kid ourselves now. I mean, Tom has done an impeccable job with his body, but he’s 40.
"And frankly, here’s what’s interesting: What could you offer New England that they would give up their quarterback future?Cleveland’s like ‘No. 1 pick!’
"Well, they don’t want the No. 1 pick. Bill [Belichick’s] never had a No. 1 pick. He doesn’t want it because I’d have to pay a rookie more money than I’m comfortable with. He just won a Super Bowl giving up Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones."
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Cowherd: Acquiring a No. 1 pick wouldn’t be worth it to the Patriots
Skip: “Wait a second. You’re saying he would turn down Cleveland’s No. 1 overall pick for Jimmy G?”
Cowherd: “If I walked up to a vegan and said ‘here’s a ribeye,’ [they’d say] ‘well, I’m a vegan.’ ”
Skip: “OK, but then he could just trade down and get 17 more picks.”
Cowherd: “You think that, but if there’s not a star quarterback available … that No. 1 pick isn’t Andrew Luck. It’s not Cam Newton. It’s not, it’s a pass rusher who I’m going to have to pay more than maybe anybody on my defensive line and he was dominant in the … [SEC]?”
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Shannon: Tom Brady has two years left at most
“For me, I’m not surprised at all. No, this is the right decision. Because as much as Tom Brady has convinced the people of Boston, and a lot of other people, that he’s playing five or six more years -- he’s not playing five or six more years. I say two years tops, and Coach Belichick is not in the [business] of making bad decisions.
"And you know why they’ve had this great run? Because since Tom Brady’s been the starter, the Bills have had 14 different quarterbacks. The Dolphins have had 16, and the Jets have had 12. Therein lies your problem.”
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Cowherd: Belichick hasn’t proven he can draft quarterbacks, anyway
“And this idea that Bill [can replace Garoppolo]. Bill is great at taking pro players already in the league. His draft history … meh. He’s drafted seven or eight quarterbacks. Brady is the only great one, and that was luck because he passed on Brady five times. You don’t give up Jimmy G. "