Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors have had the attention of New England Patriots fans for nearly the entire NFL offseason. Many NFL trade rumors have suggested the Patriots would trade Garoppolo before the 2017 NFL draft in order to move in a different direction. Now information has come in stating that Patriots general manager Bill Belichick and vice president of player personnel Nick Caserio have an answer for the fans.
A report by NFL analyst Adam Schefter may just put all the Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors to bed. Schefter states that while Garoppolo is still getting mentioned in numerous NFL trade rumors that the New England Patriots aren’t looking to part with the backup quarterback. He lays out the prediction that Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere and that the Patriots are quite content to move forward with him as the backup to Tom Brady.
It’s possible that the reason a Garoppolo trade hasn’t taken place is because teams aren’t offering the Patriots the compensation that the team wants to receive. The Cleveland Browns were one of the teams reportedly interested in a Garoppolo trade, but they may have balked at the asking price. While it was never publicized, several NFL analysts suggested that the Patriots wanted a pick within the first three rounds in exchange for Garoppolo.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract has just one season left in it. His rookie deal will pay him just over $820,000 for the 2017 NFL season, after which he will become an unrestricted free agent. Garoppolo’s contract raises the possibility that some of the current NFL trade rumors were planted by his agent in order to find him a job as the starting quarterback. While he has won the Super Bowl twice with the Patriots, he won’t find that big payday serving as a backup quarterback.
During his three-year career with the Patriots, Garappolo has appeared in 17 games, starting two of them in the 2016 NFL season. Over that time span, he has completed 67 percent of his passes for 690 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. Garappolo has a career quarterback rating of 106.2, which would rank among the best in the NFL over a full season. All of his numbers point to potential success as a starting quarterback, possibly giving the Patriots a strong reason to hold on to him.
If a Jimmy Garoppolo trade doesn’t take place before the 2017 NFL season begins, he will likely enter free agency during the following offseason. It’s too early to project which teams might have an interest in signing him, especially with the NFL Draft coming up as well. What it is safe to assume, though, is that there will suitors looking to sign him to a multi-year deal as soon as he becomes available. How much that contract is worth will be debated for months to come.
The Patriots have had a very busy offseason, adding talent to a roster that just won the Super Bowl. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, one of those moves was a big trade with the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The deal required the Patriots to give up their first-round pick in the upcoming draft, helping the Saints work at improving a defense that has struggled for a number of seasons. The Patriots also gave up a third-round pick and acquired the fourth-round selection of the Saints to complete the deal.
There is going to be a lot of chatter during the 2017 NFL season about what the Patriots plan to do with Garoppolo and if the team will try to offer him a contract extension. That’s probably an unlikely scenario, as Garoppolo will have the opportunity to look for a long-term deal as a starting quarterback in the offseason. Should those efforts fall through, though, expect Bill Belichick to offer him a new contract to come back. While fans should expect more Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors over the week, he isn’t very likely to change his zip code until next year.
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