Mike Lombardi doesn’t think the Patriots should trade Jimmy Garoppolo. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)
Count Mike Lombardi in the camp of the Patriots shouldn’t trade Jimmy Garoppolo.
Why does Lombardi’s opinion matter that much?
Well, he spent multiple years working under Bill Belichick in New England as an executive and may know Belichick better than anyone else in the media.
Appearing on The Ringer’s “NFL Show” podcast, Lombardi went into why the Patriots shouldn’t trade Garoppolo, and discussed what happened in the 2014 NFL draft when the Patriots drafted him.
“Now, we were in the draft room,” Lombardi said. “We thought Houston was going to pick [Garoppolo] with their high pick in the second round. Instead, they picked that guard from UCLA [Xavier Su’a-Filo]. What a sigh of relief that was. If Houston turns in Garoppolo’s name instead of the guard from UCLA, it’s a whole different ballgame. I’m telling you. People can say, ‘Oh don’t,’ I’m telling you, he’s worth — he’s worth the Patriots to hold onto him.
“If I was in New England, I would be telling Belichick every day there’s no way we can trade him. I know you’ve got Brady. But Brady is 40 years old. We don’t know where that’s going. There’s no history that says Brady’s going to be great.”
Lombardi also said how good Garoppolo is, and made sure to add he’s not “shilling” for Belichick.
“He wasn’t going to get annihilated,” Lombardi said. “The guy was too good. He was too good of a player. I’ve watched this guy practice and play for too many practices. This guy is a good player. I’m not shilling for Belichick. I’m not trying to get him more of a draft pick, because look, I know this player. This player is really good.”