Either we shouldn’t take things at face value this time of year, or someone wasn’t being sincere.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots are “exploring their options among backup quarterbacks” from the free agency pool.
The Patriots would be smart to sift through the options, in case someone blows them away with a trade offer for Garoppolo. That would leave Jacoby Brissett as the backup to Tom Brady, so having someone with a little more experience would probably be something they’re interested in. And with one former backup coming off the market already this week, they can’t wait too long if they’re going to act.
But since there’s still six days before the start of free agency, there’s still plenty of time for all of these stories to be true and false on a revolving basis.