Patriots looking at backup QB options because of course they are

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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.

That’s odd, because it was only a few days ago that we got the report they weren’t going to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, which many people were skeptical of immediately.

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.

37 responses to “Patriots looking at backup QB options because of course they are

  1. Good God, let’s stop with the Garoppolo stuff till something actually happens….PLEASE!!!!

  2. There are reports out there that say Brissett hasn’t developed as quickly as they would have liked. As far as Garoppolo goes, I don’t care how much they like him. He is an asset with a quickly diminishing value. There is value right now in dealing him and hardly any value a year from now.

  3. This is not neccesarily meaningful either way. I doubt there has been any year where there was any homework the Patriots did not do. Even if they did not think they were going to need it. Its just Belichicks normal way of doing things. It would be like saying the sun coming up this morning was a sign of which way a team leans.

  4. they need a cheap qb invite to camp once
    they deal jimmyg around draft time

    anyone believing the plant story from the other
    day, is a serious moron

  5. It’s called doing your due diligence. It’s not simply about finding a replacement if Garoppolo is traded, it’s also about finding the price of that replacement because you need to incorporate it in Garopolo’s trading value. In a dumbed down example, if the Patriots trade Garoppolo for a second and a third but then they need to trade a second to get his replacement, there is no point in trading him in the first place.

  6. All I know is anyone who thinks they know what Belichick is actually going to do will probably find themselves proved wrong.

  7. He looks like a real NFL QB whoever gets him. He just needs to learn how to fall down more carefully. I hope he stays!

  8. “Garoppolo goes, I don’t care how much they like him. He is an asset with a quickly diminishing value. There is value right now in dealing him and hardly any value a year from now.”

    I don’t agree with that. I think its impossible to tell what his value is a year from now.

    What if Brady gets injured for 6 games and Garrappollo leads them to 6 victories? They could tag him and still trade him for a haul. Or if he played badly he’d have very little value.

    No one can predict what will happen during the coming season that will effect that value.

  9. I’ve never seen any ‘reports’ about the Pats being down on Jacoby. If anything the fact that they made him their ‘designated to return for IR’ player speaks volumes. They wanted to keep him around so that he could continue to learn and grow in their system. It’s not lost on the organization that he played that Buffalo game with a badly injure thumb and took one for the team when they didn’t have any other options at QB.

  10. The Pats won’t be able to afford JimmyG after next year so Belichik will tell Edelman that he has to hand over Adriana Lima to JimmyG. She’s the worlds second highest paid supermodel behind you know who. Now JimmyG won’t need a big contract and will take a below market contract like Brady. Edelman’s is a team first kind of guy so I’m sure he’ll have no problem with it.

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 3, 2017 12:50 PM
    All I know is anyone who thinks they know what Belichick is actually going to do will probably find themselves proved wrong.

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    I think I know he is going to win a whole bunch of football games. How’s that?

  12. Have you seen what’s available? Sounds like a fake story. A day after Adam said he never said the Pats would trade JG and said the Pats would keep JG. Love to know who this guys unnamed source is.

  13. pastabelly says:
    Mar 3, 2017 12:43 PM

    There are reports out there that say Brissett hasn’t developed as quickly as they would have liked. As far as Garoppolo goes, I don’t care how much they like him. He is an asset with a quickly diminishing value. There is value right now in dealing him and hardly any value a year from now.

    JG value is going up closer to the draft. NE paying him this year 1.1 million and receiving a 3rd rounder when he walks isn’t bad.

  14. Pastabelly made the statement in regards to Garoppolo that ” He is an asset with a quickly diminishing value. There is value right now in dealing him and hardly any value a year from now.” If he’s the starting QB for the Pats his value isn’t diminished, it’s as high as it was last season. My fellow Pats fans that have their heads so far up Brady’s backside can’t see what is actually going on with our team. Thankfully those that matter don’t let sentiment get involved in making critical decisions for the team.

  15. .
    @harrisonhits

    You’re correct. If Brady were to be injured, most Patriots fans would be very confident that Garopollo could step in and capably hold the fort . It’s actually an extreme oddity that fans would be relaxed after losing the best QB in the game, but these are strange days.

    One thing that many overlook is Garoppolo’s thoughts on the matter. I think he believes he can be a quality starter in the league and after paying his dues, he deserves a shot. Despite Belichick’s rep as a bad actor, he’s extremely loyal to those who have bought into the program.

    My best guess is that Belichick, Casserio, the Krafts, Garopollo and agent Don Yee (also Brady’s rep) sit in a room and find a quality deal for all involved. Most likely any such deal would involve an NFC team.
    .

  16. Best of all situations for Patriot fans is that Jacoby Brissett is progressing rapidly in the system and would make a capable future starting quarterback for this team. That would allow us to deal Garoppolo and recoup all the pics but we’ve lost now to deflategate but also even The Ledger for the filming incident that turned into a national security breach.

  17. I’m pretty sure Tommy will quit if he gets #6. Of course if he gets it this upcoming season, the opportunity for a threepeat might prove to be too tantalizing.

  18. When has BB ever been transparent about anything? But, he’s always logical. JG will be traded at the draft and he already has his backup.

  19. pastabelly says:
    Mar 3, 2017 12:43 PM
    There are reports out there that say Brissett hasn’t developed as quickly as they would have liked.

    —————————-

    I have never heard such a thing, in fact every report I have heard is that he’s developing well. I even Googled to see if there is something I missed but really all that comes up is positive. Where are you finding a report that says he hasn’t developed?

  20. Take the contract situation out and compare the top two QB’ s of this and last year’s draft vs. Garopolo. Garopolo now blows away Watson and Trubisky in value. Garopolo also blows away Goff and Wentz compared to their value before the day they were drafted. If thrown into an expansion draft vs. those four today, not one NFL would draft anyone but Garopolo first, unless that GM was legally insane. The only thing that changes is the contract situation, roughly 1 million this year, then extension or franchise. But, if the Pats have cap space, they can renegotiate Garopolo’s deal, spreading the 4th year 1 million and the 23+ million franchise money over years 4 and 5. Garopolo is given a huge bone this year, the Pats can keep or trade him in year 5, and it buys another franchise one year if they trade for him in year 5. If Belichick does him, it will be a top half first rounder PLUS.

  21. Look at roster construction which would require NE to carry 3 QBs on the 53 man roster if they do not trade Garoppolo while trading him is betting on Tom Brady … not a bad bet, particularly as Brissett has shown the moment is not too big for him. I agree with the comment that we have no idea what is happening behind the curtain – and we won’t know until the draft is over.

  22. Rappaport reported that the Pats wouldn’t be thrilled about turning the team over to Brisett NEXT YEAR if Brady got hurt. That’s why they were looking into veteran backups. I agree that JG is way higher this yr. Hypotheticals about Brady maybe getting hurt and JG starting and increasing his value are meaningless. The FA and draft class stinks for QBs, and a ton of teams need one. There’s also a big difference when they don’t HAVE to trade him this yr. If they tag him next yr, Rams will KNOW THEY have to move him.

  23. Its been kind of funny all the fans of qb needy teams that comment their arguments why they dont see him as high value then talk about how the Pats should deal him. To those commenters I say don’t ever walk onto a car lot because those guys will eat you alive.

  24. I’d imagine that with a 39 year old QB (that will be 40 by the start of the season) they will want as many camp bodies throwing as possible to limit wear and tear. Also, clearly, they need the bodies if Jimmy G is traded before camp, which is still likely, despite the “reports”.

  25. One thing overlooked in the SB win was the fact the Pats got behind so quickly by so much, and, that their comeback was helped along by some pretty bad play calling by the Atlanta offense. It was as if Atlanta wanted to prove they could beat the Pats with their system. That failed, of course, but even then it took some super-human plays by the defense to stop them. Had one gone the other way we’d still be wondering what happened. Other teams noted the Pats poor defense and you can bet will not make dumb offensive calls if they have them down. Given that, it makes sense for Belichick to shore up his weak defense. And, he may have to break down and spend some money to do that. One writer made the point they did not perform well vs good teams. And, the offense bailed them out time after time. While we debate the QB trade market, Belichicks weak defense may force his hand to deal Garoppolo and start stacking defensive players. However, their recent run at the Saints receiver is weird.

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