Many people speculated during the offseason that the Pats would trade Jimmy Garoppolo since Tom Brady plans on never retiring, or at least not anytime soon if he can help it. But when that didn’t happen, as Adam Schefter repeatedly said would be the case during the offseason, speculation turned to the Pats giving Brady one last season before trading or forcing him out and handing the field to Garoppolo.That belief gained popularity when they traded Jacoby Brissett early in the season and even more traction when rumors started circulating that the team was trying to sign Garoppolo to a long-term contract.
Now, I don’t know about you, but in the back of my mind, I’ve been thinking that we’re currently witnessing Brady’s last season with New England. But then last night, in the middle of a Bruins game, the breaking news came: the Pats traded Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second round pick.
Why now? Why now when they could have demanded a first round pick (or more!) last summer from teams who had legit interest in him?
Apparently, the Pats tried, hard, to sign Garoppolo to a long-term contract. But with Brady playing so well and his plans to never retire, those attempts failed. Garoppolo wants to play and he wants to play now. He also wants his payday. I mean, can you blame him? He’s a great QB. But again, why now?
Here are five possible reasons why I believe they decided to part with the Gallopping Chicken:
- If rumors of previous attempts to sign him long-term are true and Garoppolo didn’t budge because he wants to play, and play now…well, the Pats never give a player that much control. So they parted with him their way.
- The Pats are finally buying into the TB 12 Method and have all the confidence in the world that Brady will play until he’s 80 years old, so…Garoppolo Who needs him!
- The Pats couldn’t turn down an opportunity to bring Brian Hoyer back
- The Pats let him go to the 49ers hoping he’ll, well, suck, so they can get him back on a cheaper contract
- A Halloween prank?
Ok, so really, I don’t believe any of those reasons except for number one. And maybe four. Number one is more logical-if the Pats knew they were never going to agree to Garoppolo wants and vice versa then they might as well get what they can for him before it’s too late. But…geez…no backup QB? They don’t even have their go to emergency QB, Edelman.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out!
A born and raised Boston sports fan (please don’t hate), Colleen lives in Boston proper with her husband of 12-years. A usability expert by day and freelance writer by night, she loathes cleaning the house and burns water.