The 2017 NFL Combine is underway, and one of many trade dances would appear to be underway. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the New England Patriots are not expected to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
It is possible they have decided Brady’s age means they need as capable a backup as possible, and they don’t think Jacoby Brissett is quite there. However, I have to think nobody is untradeable, and they simply are making it clear they need a significant offer to make a deal happen.
Simply put, putting it out there that Garoppolo is not on the trade market is nothing more than an opportunity to boost some leverage. The league year has not yet begun, and the NFL Combine is when a lot of trade negotiations will take place. Unless they have already spoken with every QB needy team, I can’t imagine they are actually prepared to shut this thing down before it even really gets started.
Mike Lombardi did chime in saying this is about a player being really good, and not about increasing his trade value. He’s tight with Bill Belichick, so make of that way you want.
The Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and San Francisco 49ers have all been mentioned in connection with Jimmy Garoppolo. All three have significant assets they can deal for the QB, and all three have the cap space to sign Garoppolo to a sizable extension. I have to think all three will be talking with Bill Belichick and company this week at the Combine.