There has been plenty of talk about the New England Patriots trading Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, but that may not be happening at all.
Jimmy Garoppolo has two Super Bowl rings to his credit as the backup to Tom Brady on the New England Patriots. However, he’s also been a long coveted commodity around the league. And after he took the field and looked the part during Brady’s suspension to start 2016, that only further became the case. As he enters the final year of his contract then, the presumption has been that Bill Belichick and the Patriots would trade him so to not lose him for nothing.
However, that may not be the case at all. In fact, Garoppolo could potentially be remaining with the New England Patriots long term.
ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on Thursday that he was given the sense at Super Bowl 51 in Houston that the Patriots are not going to be trading their backup quarterback:
Based on what I heard from people inside #Patriots at SB and those familiar with their approach, I'm not expecting @JimmyG_10 to be traded
Knowing what we do about the Patriots, they’re going to lock up an asset they feel is valuable enough. Though the expectation in-house is for Brady to play at least three more seasons, they still need a contingency plan if they fall short of that triad of years, and even after that point. If they truly believe in Garoppolo’s ability, then why would they let him go?
In that scenario, it would make much more sense for the Patriots to instead try to lock up Garoppolo to an extension this offseason rather than trading him for draft capital where they’d likely look for another possible replacement for Brady—assuming Jacoby Brissett isn’t the answer either.
However, it’s also worth noting that this is the time of year when teams are all about posturing through the media. Though the Patriots aren’t exactly famous for doing so, that could still be the case here. Saying they don’t want to trade him would, in theory, raise his trade value and potentially bring in sweeter offers for the quarterback.
With the new league years still several weeks away, there’s plenty left to still happen regarding New England and the Garoppolo situation. If Werder is to be believed, though, don’t expect much of anything to happen.