The Patriots held on to Jimmy Garoppolo, permitting any group to blow them away with a suggestion, proper up till the final day of the commerce deadline. They usually solely obtained a (high quality) second-spherical decide?
The blockbuster NFL commerce Monday night time that despatched the backup quarterback to the 49ers was beautiful in almost each side: There have been no rumblings prior, New England had taken a tough-line stance about Garoppolo and, in line with numerous stories, the Patriots have been presupposed to rake in a mammoth haul for a man with the upside of being a franchise QB. Plus, they might all the time apply the franchise tag on the finish of the season for Garoppolo, whose contract was expiring, and nonetheless commerce him to a quarterback-determined squad.
Granted, the San Francisco second-rounder probably shall be virtually a primary, with the 49ers at zero-eight. However round this yr’s draft, there was hypothesis a group like Cleveland would solely start its supply with a primary-spherical decide.
So what occurred?
It seems the marketplace for the East Illinois product, who has thrown ninety four NFL passes, was overstated. Based on NFL Community, the Browns solely provided a second-spherical decide and alter through the draft, by no means really anteing up like most thought they might. On WEEI, ESPN’s Adam Schefter cautioned that the Patriots made it recognized they weren’t buying and selling Garoppolo on draft day, which complicates what constitutes a commerce supply. Nobody thought he was being moved, so nobody actually tried.
So New England performed with probably the most competent backup quarterback in soccer behind a forty-yr-previous Tom Brady. For so long as they might this season, the Patriots gave Brady insurance coverage and stored alive the hope that they might have a transparent succession of Brady to Garoppolo, if Brady’s play slipped or if he received harm.
However neither occurred, and no contract extension with Garoppolo, who needs lastly to be a beginning quarterback, was reached. If that they had stored the quarterback, turning 26 this week, and tried to franchise and commerce him within the offseason, it might tie up their wage cap till a commerce was consummated.