Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly will be on the Patriots in 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss his report of the Patriots not expecting to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.
Schefter believes the Patriots will hold on to Garoppolo and thus go into 2017 with three quarterbacks — Garoppolo, Tom Brady and Jacoby Brissett.
“This is nothing about smoke, this is nothing about leverage, this is nothing about them not getting the price they wanted. This is about one thing plain and simple: They really like Jimmy Garoppolo and they don’t want to get rid of Jimmy Garoppolo,” Schefter said. “They think that good, young quarterbacks in this league are tough to come by. It is the most valuable commodity there is. If you don’t have a good young quarterback, you are doomed.
“Again, Tom Brady is 40 years old. He’s been able to do it for an awful long time and again, I think they would love to see him do it for 10 more years, but who knows how much longer he is going to play for.”
“This is not about them not getting the price they wanted,” he added. “This is not about them trying to increase the leverage. I want to be very clear: They really like the player.”
Schefter was then pressed on how the Patriots could still get blown away by a potential offer from another team and it was then he doubled-down on his report, saying no matter what the Patriots get offered, he is not getting traded.
“You guys can keep it alive and keep talking about it and keep wondering, but I am just telling you Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be on the Patriots in 2017 no matter who calls them and what anybody offers,” Schefter said. “He’s going to be on their roster this summer.”
Keeping Garoppolo is to make sure the team is set at the quarterback position for the long run and Schefter noted noting his guaranteed with Brady considering he is turning 40 years old next summer.
“As much as [Brady] wants to play until he’s 45 or whatever it may be and prove the laws of physics are something that he can beat out, I think you want to see him on a year-to-year basis now because he’s going to be 40 years old next year,” he said. “Maybe Tom Brady is as great as he always is and maybe there is a slight drop off. I don’t know how that is going to work out. I am just telling you I think somehow you figure out a way to keep the guy, the 25-year-old quarterback and work it out.
“… They believe they have a really good quarterback backing up Tom Brady. What happens if something were to happen with Tom Brady? He’s 40 years old, I am not a doctor and don’t pretend to play one, but you are probably more apt or prone to an injury than you would be at 25 or 30 years old. They want to make sure that that position is covered. They believe with that guy, Jimmy Garopppolo, that they have that. He has more value to them than any value they can get back in a trade.”