With serious doubts over top college prospects like Deshaun Watson, Deshone Kizer, Mitch Trubisky and Pat Mahomes, Garoppolo saw his market increase and the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears were among the teams expected to try and trade for him.
It's mighty tempting for a team to cash in by trading a solid backup quarterback at a time when there's a shortage of NFL-caliber talent, but the New England Patriots apparently will not succumb to that urge. He's proven to be the most reliable National Football League insider over the years, so when he says Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo will not be traded, it all but squashes any chance the Bears have at acquiring the 24-year-old passer. They view him as somebody they want around.
So, what might have happened for the Patriots to walk back their Garoppolo sale?
The three Patriots quarterbacks could be separated next season. "He's been able to do it for an very bad long time and again, I think they would love to see him do it for 10 more years, but who knows how much longer he is going to play for", the ESPN reporter told WEEI. Another factor is that Tom Brady's backup is just 25 years old and-while he would be in line for a significant pay raise in the near future-carries a base salary of just $820,000 for next season.
But the source insists coach Bill Belichick will part with Garoppolo if the compensation is right.
Though he played only 12 regular season games in 2016 due to his season-opening, four-game "Deflategate" suspension, Brady posted the second-highest quarterback rating of his 16-year career as a starter at 112.2, which was also his highest rating since 2007. Therefore, the more teams that take a quarterback ahead of Jacksonville, the more players the Jags have to choose from when they are on the clock. It doesn't have to trade Garoppolo now, while he could be the most intriguing quarterback on the market. There are no sure-fire franchise quarterbacks projected to go in the first round. "They're holding onto Jimmy Garoppolo", Schefter said on Sportscenter on Wednesday.