The most intriguing member of the offseason’s quarterback dominoes, Jimmy Garoppolo, may not seriously be in play.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported that the Patriots asking price for Jimmy Garoppolo could be as much as two first round picks, or even the number one overall pick.
This information conflicts with the Adam Schefter’s report last week that the Patriots are unwilling to part with the heir apparent to Brady.
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Regardless of which you choose to believe, the implications are clear. The young quarterback is not going to come cheap.
This continues to reinforce the reality that trade talks for a potential franchise quarterback start at a first round pick. Last preseason, we saw the Vikings give up a 1st and a 4th for the right to Sam Bradford.
Not only will a team have to part with a bevy of high picks for Garoppolo, but they will need to sign him to an extension this offseason. Drafted in 2014, the young signal caller will hit the open market next offseason.
To be this stubborn about Garoppolo’s value, it would seem that the Patriots believe that he is a potential star.
With Tom Brady looking increasingly immune to the work of father time, Garoppolo would likely have to sign a new contract with New England. This contract would mean that he would back up Brady, who the team believes will play three to five more seasons.
That would likely mean that the team would devote more money to the position than any other team, potentially upwards up $30 million dollars. The team could potentially use the franchise tag on Garoppolo for around $20 million in 2018.
At the NFL Combine, former general manager Bill Polian decreed Garoppolo as the best quarterback he’s evaluated since Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger.
Garropolo played well in Brady’s absence to start this year. He led the Patriots to victories over the Dolphins and Cardinals. He displayed the mental quickness, lighting-fast release, and short accuracy to suggest that he could thrive in a Spread or West Coast attack.