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Samsonite Make Your Case: Trading Jimmy G
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Jimmy Garoppolo has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the past several months, and many national media members can’t seem to agree on the proper or even expected course of action with regard to the backup quarterback. Some believe the Patriots will in fact deal him this offseason while others are steadfast that he will remain in New England as Tom Brady’s backup.
Recently we’ve even seen some differing opinions on the topic from inside the same media entity. ESPN’s Adam Schefter made some waves before the start of the playoffs when he appeared on WEEI and first declared that he would be stunned if Garoppolo were traded and added that he would be worth a first- and fourth-round pick at minimum in return.
That led to colleague Trent Dilfer calling the report into question, suggesting that perhaps Schefter was helping the Patriots drive up the price tag. Schefter defended himself and “promised” that if Garoppolo were indeed traded he would a fetch a first-rounder.
Garoppolo’s name was a hot topic at the Super Bowl as various reports indicated Cleveland, San Francisco and Chicago all were interested in acquiring his services. ESPN’s Ed Werder isn’t buying it, as the veteran reporter tweeted out his opinion that Garoppolo wouldn’t be going anywhere.
MMQB’s Peter King has said similar things, including recently among his Ten Things I Think I Think items in his latest column.
So it’s rather apparent that a consensus on the future of Garoppolo has yet to be reached by those outside of Gillette Stadium. So what is the right course of action? Do the Patriots recognize the obvious advancing age of Brady and ignore his latest championship and remarkable season or do they choose to cash in on Garoppolo’s value realizing they may be forced to lose him a year from now for nothing in free agency?
There are certainly two sides to the story and only Bill Belichick knows for certain how the Patriots would like it to unfold. This week’s Samsonite Make Your Case debate will feature a poll only, mainly because both Andy Hart and Paul Perillo agree that trading Garoppolo now maximizes his value and allows the Patriots to get the greatest possible return on their three-year investment.
Now it’s your turn to let us know how you feel.