The New England Patriots, latest NFL rumors have it, could be hearing trade offers for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this week as coaches and executives from all 32 National Football League franchises descend on Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
The 25-year-old, who will enter his fourth NFL season after the Patriots drafted him out of Eastern Illinois in the second round of the 2014 draft, saw his trade stock skyrocket after he filled in for New England’s legendary Tom Brady early in the 2016 season, when Brady was suspended over the so-called “Deflategate” affair.
Garoppolo played only five quarters and part of a sixth under center before going down with a shoulder injury. But he led the Patriots to an opening night 23-21 road victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
He then proceeded to throw for two touchdowns in the first quarter and another in the second at home in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, before leaving the game with the injury. The Patriots went on to win that game 31-24 as their third-string quarterback, rookie Jacoby Brissett, guided them the rest of the way.