Dear Patriots, please shop Jimmy Garoppolo
The Boston sports radio powerhouse, “Felger and Mazz” program opened up their show on Wednesday afternoon discussing the possibility of the Patriots trading back up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a first or second round draft pick this April. If you are a Patriots fan and you don’t want to part ways with Garoppolo for a late first or even an early-to-middle second round pick, you are delirious. That would be like hitting the lottery.
Two years ago when the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round, everyone immediately touted him as the heir apparent to Tom Brady. The reasoning for this was the gradual, “decline” of Tom Brady’s statistics.
However, in the two years that Garoppolo has been around Brady’s numbers have increased, and now both Brady and Garoppolo have contracts up after the 2017 season. That would mean if the Patriots let Brady walk after 2017, then they would have extended Jimmy Garoppolo and likely pay him over 10-million dollars a year after (barring injury) never having started for a significant amount of time after four seasons.
In addition, judging off what we have seen of Jimmy Garoppolo in the preseason and one week 17 game against Buffalo in 2014, there is not much to be enthused about. He takes much to long in his decision making, and tends to run around the pocket like a chicken with his head cut off when things don’t go well.
He just doesn’t seem to have the confidence or command that is needed from franchise quarterback. Of course not many quarterbacks show that after only two seasons, but I am just saying that you should be hesitant in putting all your eggs in the Jimmy Garoppolo basket if you are a Patriots fan. You have to be positive that he is your guy of the future, or you could up like the Miami Dolphins after the Dan Marino era.
This draft is not one to be considered deep in skill positions, especially quarterback. The top ranked quarterback right now is Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State. After that it is names such as Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook, and Dak Prescott. All those quarterbacks are projected to go late in the first, and on day two of the draft. One thing about all those quarterbacks with the exception of Prescott is that they are prototypical pocket passers. That means they would serve as viable back ups for that of Tom Brady.
Bill Belichick and his staff may have set themselves up perfectly for now, two years when they drafted Garoppolo. There is two years left on Garoppolo’s deal. There have been rumblings around the media of a possible extension between the Patriots and Brady. If that were to happen you would have to expect the team to shop Garoppolo, and he would be a perfect fit for a team like Houston or Cleveland.
Both teams have ties to the Patriots organization, and it would give them two years to judge Garoppolo and determine whether or not they want to move forward with him. The Patriots on the other hand could receive a high second round pick and possibly draft a higher caliber offensive lineman they like, and then also draft a quarterback in the second, third, or fourth round. That would allow them to have the Brady window open for possibly another four years or so, and also build for the future with their quarterback in waiting. Of course all these stars would have to align for all this to work out, but if it were to happen it could be one of the biggest moves of Bill Belichick’s career.