Patriots sign Jimmy Garoppolo

AP

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he thinks Tom Brady is still improving as a quarterback, which may mean they won’t need to think about a replacement for several years.

Timetables can change, though, and the Patriots used a second-round pick on Jimmy Garoppolo to give themselves an option for any Brady absence last month. On Monday, they announced that they have signed Garoppolo to a four-year deal.

Garoppolo won the Walter Payton Award as the Football Championship Subdivision’s player of the year in 2013 as he wrapped up an Eastern Illinois career that saw him break many records held by fellow EIU alums Tony Romo and Sean Payton. He won’t be breaking any records for the Patriots in 2014 unless catastrophe strikes for Brady and he winds up ahead of Ryan Mallett on the depth chart.

First-round defensive tackle Dominique Easley is the only unsigned draft pick for the Patriots.

11 responses to “Patriots sign Jimmy Garoppolo

  1. It seems that the concern about the qb situation for us is coming out of the organization. Things about brady’s running problems and thickening midsection, not to mention his arguments on sidelines. It could all be their smokescreen to position themselves against him for money talks, but we’ll see.

  2. And so begins the career of another QB of whom will forever travel along a 45 degree angle on the McDaniels Progression Chart. Can’t wait to see this guy in his 40s, watch out!

  3. It seems that the concern about the qb situation for us is coming out of the organization. Things about brady’s running problems and thickening midsection, not to mention his arguments on sidelines. It could all be their smokescreen to position themselves against him for money talks, but we’ll see.

  4. Not sure how long Tom is signed for but could they be preparing to trade him next offseason to a team in desperate need of a QB? What could the Pats get if they traded Terrific Tom?

  5. He’s the replacement for mallet , not brady. What’s this nonsense about Brady’s thickening mid- section. Are you blind?! The guy looks very young for his age. Brady was and is not a mobile qb; Michael Vick is. Chew on that! As for Garoppolo, he might be good, but he really has big Uggs to fill. Think long and hard. Do you honestly think that Garoppolo would come close to Brady’s greatness? Love him or hate him; Brady is a phenomenon.

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