We already knew Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t going to the Houston Texans. But now we definitely know he’ll be with the New England Patriots for the upcoming season.
The Texans along with the Cleveland Browns have been the only two teams linked to possibly trading for Patriots back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.
With the 2017 NFL draft only a few days from kicking off, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk added the following:
"As PFT understands it, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has decided that, for 2017, he wants Garoppolo to serve as Tom Brady’s No. 2, and that Belichick will worry about 2018 when 2018 comes. As a practical matter, however, Belichick would have to at least consider whether to depart from that plan if offered enough to get him to stop and think. Appearing last week on PFT Live, Tom Curran of CSN New England said that it would take multiple first-round picks to get Belichick to change his plans."
As much as Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien would love to acquire Garoppolo, it was never going to happen. Which is why the Texans haven’t been mentioned in the same sentence as Garoppolo’s name since February.
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With the Patriots keeping Garoppolo for the upcoming season they’ll have a bit of a problem next offseason since 2017 is the final year of his rookie contract.
With Garoppolo heading into free agency, New England will have to either let him sign with another team or use the franchise tag and then try to trade him.
The problem is that if the Patriots tag Garoppolo they’ll be forced to pay two quarterbacks starting caliber money with Tom Brady of course on the payroll. NFL teams know there’s no way they will keep him under the tag for the 2018 season, which would hurt his trade value.
That being said, next year is going to be very interesting.
With the Texans expected to draft a quarterback and the fact that the Patriots asking price for Garoppolo is way too high, he’ll never play in Houston.