Report: Patriots not trading Jimmy Garoppolo

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The Houston Texans weren’t expected to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo anyway.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the New England Patriots will not be trading back up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Chicago Bears were the team that was heavily linked to getting a deal done to acquire Garoppolo, but it seems like them as well as many other NFL teams weren’t willing to part with the compensation that the Patriots were looking for in return for him.

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While I believe the Texans would be smart to trade their first round pick for Garoppolo, I honestly never expected it to happen.

New England on the other hand is smart to keep Garoppolo with Tom Brady’s career winding down. Even though they believe the future Hall of Famer has three or more years left in him, finding a viable NFL starter isn’t easy and I think the Patriots have one in Garoppolo.

With Garoppolo out of the mix, quarterback-needy teams like the Texans will need to focus on players like Jay Cutler, Tony Romo and even Colin Kaepernick when and if they all become free agents.

The alternative is drafting a quarterback in one of the weakest classes ever.

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