Jimmy Garoppolo said his family is big on keeping him updated with trade rumors. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)
Not only is it a big topic in New England, but it is a big topic across the entire NFL — will Jimmy Garoppolo get traded this offseason?
With Tom Brady expected to play at least a few more years and Garoppolo’s contract expiring at the end of 2017, the thought is the Patriots will look to trade Garoppolo to get something in return with his value being so high.
Appearing on Adam Schefter’s “Know them from Adam” podcast, Garoppolo said he’s doing his best to tune-out the rumors, but admitted it’s hard to do.
“I try to,” Garoppolo said. “I can’t say that I do it completely, but I try to. My mom loves telling me the news updates, so she’s all over that stuff, but it’s been working really well.”
The Eastern Illinois product noted his family, especially his mom, are big at monitoring social media and knowing all the rumors that are swirling about him.
“I’m telling you, she could be your assistant,” he said to Schefter. “She’s all over the place. Her and my dad on Twitter and stuff like that — I don’t even think they know how to tweet, but they always have something going on.”
Added Garoppolo: “They know what to hit me with and what to keep quiet. They know me so well that they know what I’d like to hear and what I don’t need to hear. There’s a couple slip-ups here and there, I’m not going to lie to you, but they’re just so excited about it. It’s an exciting time, and they’re loving it.”
Many have connected Garoppolo to the Bears and with him residing roughly 20 minutes from downtown, he said he gets asked about what it would be like playing for the Bears a lot.
“I get asked about [that] all the time from my friends and family back in Chicago,” Garoppolo said. “They’re good reporters, my family. But I keep telling them I really don’t know how it would feel until — if it was to happen, I wouldn’t know how I’d feel until it did, you know? So it’s kind of one of those things, it’s hard to say right now.”
That is also his mindset about any of the other potential teams that could trade for him.
“I know it’s a very cliche answer and not very exciting for you, but I’ve only been in Foxboro, so I don’t know anything different in the NFL yet,” Garoppolo said. “So I guess we’ll kind of just see how it goes.”
Overall, Garoppolo is just enjoying the moment and taking everything in stride.
“For the most part I am just trying to stay level-headed, trying not to think about it, over think it too much because at the end of the day I am still under contract,” he said. “It is not my decision if I get traded or if I don’t, so I am just trying to take it all in stride. At the end of the day, you just have to enjoy it. The NFL, it is a hard place to be, hard place to succeed and when you get an opportunity you have to go and take advantage of it.”