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Jonathan Kraft: We believe Jimmy Garoppolo is the right person to backup Tom Brady

Ryan Hannable
August 11, 2017 - 8:33 am

FOXBORO -- The Patriots could have traded Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason and got a huge haul in return, but the team opted to keep the fourth-year quarterback to backup Tom Brady.

Much has been made about following this season and what the team will do with Garoppolo, who will be a free agent and Brady will be 41 before next season. The Patriots could try and sign Garoppolo to a long-term deal, but would be competing with other teams where Garoppolo would know he could start right away, or the team could franchise him, which would cost over $20 million per year.

Speaking on the Patriots radio network pregame show before Thursday's preseason opener, team president Jonathan Kraft explained the decision to keep Garoppolo this offseason.

“I get it and we’re lucky because it’s very clear that Tom Brady is our quarterback,” he said. “Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the National Football League now, and of all time. So there’s no discussion there. But Jimmy Garoppolo is a very good quarterback, and when you have a very good player at a critical position, you’re playing for this season. You’re playing for this year, and you want to give your team the best chance possible of winning. We believe Jimmy is the right person to back up Tom Brady.” 

Added Kraft: “Jimmy has been a part of this team for the past few years. I think it’s very rare to have somebody that is an important part of your team that you trade, unless you have cap issues or other issues that you’re facing. I think I’ll just leave it at that. People talk about and speculate about all types of things, we talk about what happens. Jimmy has been on our roster the past three years, and he’s going to be on our roster this year and that’s the way it is.” 

It's clear the Patriots understand how valuable the backup quarterback position is, it will just be a matter of how much money they want to invest in the position which will decide if Garoppolo stays in New England beyond this year.

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