Jimmy Garoppolo remains a member of the New England Patriots heading into the final day of action at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. A player many thought might be on the move by now as quarterback-needy teams searched for answers, Garoppolo’s asking price is apparently far too steep at this time.
“No team has come anywhere close to meeting the Patriots’ demands in a potential trade for Tom Brady’s backup, according to a source,” writes Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. “There has definitely been some interest, and the Patriots have listened, but they won’t unload Garoppolo unless a team meets their price.”
Heading into the 2017 season, the Patriots have unbelievable leverage.
Garoppolo has already shown himself capable of handling himself on an NFL playing field, even if his experience is scant. The free agency market is about as barren as the Sahara, and while there is talent to be found in the draft, not one quarterback coming into the league in 2017 is ready to win at the NFL level right now.
No wonder the Chicago Bears are reportedly high on none other than Mike Glennon if they cannot land Garoppolo.
Don’t be surprised if Garoppolo never leaves New England this offseason. The Patriots aren’t going to let him go without landing a king’s ransom in return. They can happily hang onto him another year without any worry whatsoever, though they’d love to land something for his services without having to worry about his contract after the 2017 season.
And they might still sucker one desperate team into giving up the farm for Garoppolo’s services. Either way, the Patriots will win.