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Holy Babe Parilli! Has the Patriots’ brain trust suffered a concussion? Why trade Jimmy Garoppolo? Should we be OK with just getting a second-round pick for him? – Fred L.
Figure we should get to the story of the week here at the Sports Q before the week is done …
Foremost, I wish they could have kept him. I believed he was going to be a very good quarterback for the Patriots when his time came, and I believe he’ll be a very good quarterback for the Niners playing for Kyle Shanahan. It became clear this week that Bill Belichick believes that, too. He doesn’t always express fondness, or much of anything, really, after he’s traded a player. He made a point to say how much he likes and respects Garoppolo.
I don’t think he wanted to trade him whatsoever. But practically, he felt like he had to now, because it wasn’t going to be just a matter of diminishing returns. It was going to be a matter of almost no return.
Garoppolo was going to start costing a lot of money once he became franchise-tag eligible after the season. It also made it far less likely that a team would pay much in trade compensation for him given how close he was to free agency. The Patriots didn’t want to pay a steep price for two quarterbacks, and so it made sense, as disappointing as it might have been, to deal him now.
A second-round pick isn’t the value the Garoppolo believers around here were hoping for. But it’s something, a chance to get a very high-caliber player in the 33-36 range, most likely.
Wish they could have kept him. But that’s why Belichick is who he is. He wanted to keep him too. But he knew better than to let sentiment get in the way.
But what do you guys think? Are you disappointed the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo for a second-round pick? I’ll hear you in the comments.