The New England Patriots currently sport the best trade chip in the NFL. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s value seemingly couldn’t be higher, with speculation mounting the Pats could do as well as acquiring the No. 1 pick in the entire draft for Jimmy G.
But a report surfaced Wednesday the Pats aren’t expected to trade Garoppolo, which begs the question as to why? What’s the sense in retaining Garoppolo when Tom Brady has shown zero signs of slowing down even at age 39 going on 40? All the guy talks about is how much fun he’s having on the field with retirement being the furthest thing from his mind.
The most obvious reason as to why the Patriots wouldn’t trade Garoppolo is New England wants insurance in case anything should happen to TB12.
That said, no quarterback in the league does a better job of avoiding the big hits and keeping himself on the field. Although Bill Belichick is always listing Brady on the injury report (probably for his own amusement), the only time he’s missed significant time with an injury was when he tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season.
If the Patriots are only retaining Garoppolo because they’re afraid of Brady getting hurt, then something is seriously wrong. New England could easily ship him away for a massive return and sign a capable veteran to fill Garoppolo’s void. That would seem to make the most logical sense.
Knowing how Belichick operates though, the way he’s dealing with Garoppolo leaves the impression he knows something we don’t know about Brady. You can’t help but wonder if Belichick secretly knows Brady’s retirement is imminent or the 2017 season will be his last.
When you have a player you have no apparent use for with a gaudy amount of value, you make the move. It’s that simple, unless Brady is retiring tomorrow.