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Garoppolo message still creating confusion

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Hoax or hack seem to be the primary options when explaining Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s apparent farewell message on Instagram. The right answer may be troll, with Garoppolo deciding to mess with people by suggesting he’s leaving.

Regardless, the post has now been deleted by Garoppolo.

It’s still unclear how it came to be. If hackers accessed his verified account and opted, with the ability to post whatever they chose, to go with a vague suggestion that a trade is coming, that’s one of the most boring hacks ever performed.

It’s also unclear what will happen with Garoppolo in 2017 or beyond. I’ll have more on that in a subsequent post.

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62 Responses to “Garoppolo message still creating confusion”
  1. atomicwaste says: Mar 10, 2017 9:37 AM

    Prep for the next Tunsil hack during the draft.

  2. brownstown6586 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:43 AM

    As soon as I heard this story I figured he got drunk and tried to be funny. He probably just wanted to fool everyone.

  3. stipez says: Mar 10, 2017 9:43 AM

    Might be going to the dog pound, definitely in the dog house.

  4. ipdaily69 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:44 AM

    Maestro Bill Belichick….creating anxiety inside the Cleveland front office. Think the Cleveland braintrust was in full panic mode this morning….believing they missed out on their future franchise QB?

  5. pastabelly says: Mar 10, 2017 9:44 AM

    Mike, Adam Schefter doubled down on his contention this morning even after it was pointed out to him that “Mike Florio said you were being used by the Patriots.” Schefter’s credibility is unmatched. It’s possible that Belichick will change his mind (and you can bet that Adam Schefter will be the first to know).

  6. daburgher says: Mar 10, 2017 9:45 AM

    LOL or maybe the media is trying to read into something that isnt there just to create a story/nonstory???

  7. lunchbox253 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:45 AM

    It’s spun up the entire NFL internet for over five hours now. If it’s a hack, it’s not the most boring. It’s the most brilliant.

  8. nbptma1 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:48 AM

    More Garoppolo obsessing?????????

  9. bills72284 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:49 AM

    Drew Bledsoe is the culprit behind the hack

  10. biancaneri says: Mar 10, 2017 9:49 AM

    It feels like something as simple as a friend took his phone and posted something mild enough that while it would cause issues, it wouldn’t get him and/or Jimmy into serious trouble as a prank.

  11. heymister24 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:51 AM

    Belichick will trade Garappolo since there is a team that can offer several draft picks. San Fran and Bears are out of the running and the Pats are limited to the Browns. Looks like #12, 2nd rounder next year, and a couple throw ins for ‘polo.

  12. daytontriangles says: Mar 10, 2017 9:53 AM

    Step 1: Get traded to the Browns for some sweet draft picks.

    Step 2: Refuse to re-negotiate contract, which is up in a year.

    Step 3: Re-sign with the Patriots for the 2018 season.

  13. dansardo says: Mar 10, 2017 9:54 AM

    This topic is going to be subject to huge speculation and that is completely natural, especially this time of year.

    But no one outside the pats organization has any idea what they will do, no one. Any information that gets “leaked” is either fabricated by someone or being done as part of whatever the pats are trying to accomplish.

    You will know the pats are actually doing after they release an official announcement and not one second before.

    That’s the way it works for that organization and that attention to detail and control of every situation is why they are one of the best sports franchises in the history of professional sports.

  14. jag1959 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:55 AM

    Let’s be honest it doesn’t take much to confuse the people that live on social media. They still haven’t figured out how elections work

  15. townie45 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:55 AM

    Good luck Adam ; nobody has ever been able to figure out the Football Yoda that is Bill Belichick . Many coaches have been know to lose their minds in his mere presence ; see Super Bowls 49 and 51.

  16. exinsidetrader says: Mar 10, 2017 9:58 AM

    #FakeNews or his way of getting on Coach BB’s bad-side to get a trade to start elsewhere.

  17. grumpysal says: Mar 10, 2017 9:58 AM

    JG was at the Blackhawks game last night and out drinking until 4am with his buddies – either he or one of them posted that as a joke – I’m pretty sure he’s not going to like the convo with BB that’s absolutely coming today.

  18. futures44 says: Mar 10, 2017 9:59 AM

    As long as Liar chris mortenson is not reporting. The truth will come out.

  19. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 10, 2017 10:01 AM

    Actually it would be fairly consistent with this type of hack. Controversial, but no so over the top that it would be automatically dismissed without the press even reporting it. This way, it’s just vague and believable enough that it stays in the news cycle long enough to become a “major” story.

    Genius, really.

  20. ibillwt says: Mar 10, 2017 10:03 AM

    Media and opposing team confusion is good.

  21. xbam says: Mar 10, 2017 10:05 AM

    Ya “Shefty” is the Chuck Norris of “NFL Insiders” Mike…

  22. edwicy says: Mar 10, 2017 10:06 AM

    It’s surprising pat fans haven’t yet started screaming that Goodell is behind this.

  23. davebarnes21 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:08 AM

    dont trade jimmy!

  24. blah773 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:09 AM

    and the media is in a lather! your move, romo.

  25. dmretrogames says: Mar 10, 2017 10:12 AM

    Fake News.

  26. streetyson says: Mar 10, 2017 10:16 AM

    Why do you assume that “jimmypolo10” is Jimmy Garoppolo’s account? His ACTUAL moniker is jimmygarops10 – it isn’t hard to work it out Florio!!!

  27. cuda1234 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:17 AM

    Garappolo and McDaniels are leaving as a package deal next year. Good luck to whomever ends up with them.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 10, 2017 10:19 AM

    That’s the way it works for that organization and that attention to detail and control of every situation is why they are one of the best sports franchises in the history of professional sports.

    Hey Gomer the Homer you left out that this is your unbiased honest opinion….fraud. Take away Brady……you will be nothing. Gonna be a tough pill for CryBabyNation to swallow. Tee Hee

  29. savethebs says: Mar 10, 2017 10:21 AM

    daburgher says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:45 AM

    LOL or maybe the media is trying to read into something that isnt there just to create a story/nonstory???

    ——————————-

    I get that there’s this new love affair with blaming the media for all of society’s ills. Buuuttt, there was a tweet or insta-whatever that says goodbye to his current fanbase without any explanation of it. Considering this kids status is a big story in football the media speculating is kinda exactly what you should expect.

  30. smitty113 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:22 AM

    This is damage control not a hack.

  31. thejesusofcool says: Mar 10, 2017 10:22 AM

    Is it September yet?

  32. superpatriotsfan says: Mar 10, 2017 10:22 AM

    Another day in Patriots land. Misleading information.

  33. maestro1899 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:25 AM

    Garoppolo is not going anywhere this year.

    He’s a quality backup that could start. He’s also very cheap, being on a rookie contract.

    I don’t see any team paying even one first, especially since it seems like the only interested team left that hasn’t signed a QB is Cleveland.

    The most likely scenario remains Jimmy stays in NE for one more year, and then when he leaves as a high priority FA next offseason, NE gets a compensatory 3rd (to probably draft another QB to develop and then trade)

  34. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Mar 10, 2017 10:27 AM

    No team in the NFL has ever had more top 2 round picks than the Browns do for 2017, 2018. If any of those picks pan out, it will be a brilliant move. By the way- Tony Grossi is the same guy leading the push to bench Hoyer for Manziel so he’s pretty much considered a buffoon in Cleveland.

  35. learysdisciples says: Mar 10, 2017 10:34 AM

    The message is clear. You’re confused and creating confusion.

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 10, 2017 10:38 AM

    “#FakeNews or his way of getting on Coach BB’s bad-side to get a trade to start elsewhere.”

    Yeah but why would any QB want to go to Cleveland? They had the league worst Oline last season, gave up 138 QB hits and 68 sacks.

    You did notice that Cleveland had what, 4 different QBs start last season because the kept getting injured and sent to IR didn’t you?

    Only a fool of a QB or someone desperate would be willing to take that gig. He’d be lucky to last 4 games there.

  37. countingiseasy says: Mar 10, 2017 10:39 AM

    Still causing confusion? Not very difficult…until it is reported that he has been officially traded to another team there is no news. He or hackers can post anything they want and it is just fluff.

    Move on to bigger and better things until there is something to report…

  38. benfranklinshat says: Mar 10, 2017 10:40 AM

    Don’t tell me Garoppolo met with the Russians too!

  39. floriosnuts says: Mar 10, 2017 10:41 AM

    A ‘boaring hack’ that has now been mentioned countless times but the local media. All the local stations had reporters out at Gillettee this morning in a snow storm breathlessly reporting on it. Pretty sure who ever did it doesn’t think it was boaring.

  40. 345snarkavenue says: Mar 10, 2017 10:47 AM

    “Hey Gomer the Homer you left out that this is your unbiased honest opinion….fraud. Take away Brady……you will be nothing. Gonna be a tough pill for CryBabyNation to swallow. Tee Hee”

    ——-

    of we could follow the lead of Steelers fans and live off the current glory for the next 30 years

  41. holidlove says: Mar 10, 2017 10:55 AM

    Lmao. BB is going to trade him to Cleveland as punishment for being a distraction.

  42. theghostofberniekosar says: Mar 10, 2017 11:00 AM

    People are crazy if they think the Browns are going to trade a first round pick for Jimmy G.

    – Sashi and the NBO clearly place extremely high value on draft picks. This is the same formula they used last offseason. These things are gold due to the rookie wage scale.

    – Jimmy G is going to require a monster contract. A drafted rookie comes in at a relatively cheap, slotted contract. They are going to give up a first round pick (and more?) along with a fat contract for an relatively unproven dude? C’mon.

    – This team is not going to contend next year. They have time to develop a rookie for their 4-year plan that started last year.

    If the like him, maybe two second rounders. If they LOVE him, they give three second rounders, Costner-style. But even one first? Not going to happen.

    I get a big chuckle out of Boston homers claiming to want the first overall along with extra selections. Good luck with that. Just because he was drafted in the second round doesn’t mean he’s worth a first. By that logic we should gotten quite a bit more out of the Justin Gilbert trade. Or maybe we can trade a fifth for Brady.

    The Browns are going to keep all of their picks and draft a QB in the first round.

    GO BROWNS!

  43. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 10, 2017 11:07 AM

    The let’s trade Garoppolo crowd is getting desperate. Every passing day that Garoppolo remains on the Patriots roster, their worst nightmare is coming true. What if Belichick really believes Garoppolo is a franchise QB and decides to hold on to him?

    Tee hee!

  44. rea725 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:09 AM

    Sounds like he thinks he’s going to be traded, or at least is pretending he thinks that, because NE is telling him nothing. He probably posted that, feeling a little cranky, after a few beers…and quickly thought better of it later, or got a call from the boss.

  45. mickmars says: Mar 10, 2017 11:14 AM

    “Shefty” is to NFL reporting what The National Inquirer is to credible journalism…

  46. electricboogalo says: Mar 10, 2017 11:15 AM

    “one of the most boring hacks ever performed.”

    Still worthy of 2 stories on PFT.

  47. j0esixpack says: Mar 10, 2017 11:15 AM

    brownstown6586 says: As soon as I heard this story I figured he got drunk
    ————————————-

    Clearly he’s eager to get a head start as the Browns QB! ROFL!

    Actually I think JG is going to be a helluva QB and easily worth a #12 and the 2nd rounder at least. He has football smarts, can throw a bullet pass accurately, but still has a light touch for dink and dunk situational football.

    The Browns have the cap space to give him a quality OL and quality WRs and I don’t think they or their D was as bad as it looked (I think they could have beat the Steelers in that last game but wanted the #1 pick).

    As bizarre as it sounds, it’s not a bad place for a good QB to go this year.

    Meanwhile the QBs in the draft are mediocre. Better to get JG who learned behind Brady and Belichick and has real NFL experience than blow a #1 pick and gamble on that guaranteed salary for a guy who has yet to show he can make an NFL roster, let alone start and win a game.

    I still question whether blowing $16 mil of cap space to acquire a backup QB & 2nd rounder makes sense. But I guess it saves the owner a bit of actual money even by eating up cap space. Regardless even without that $16 mil they’re in good shape.

    JG has a low salary so the only “risk” is giving up the draft picks for a guy with more proven experience for any rookie.

    This will be the move that ends Cleveland’s status as a laughing stock – which EVERY NFL fan should be rooting for as it’s a storied organization that was screwed over by the NFL itself 20 years ago.

  48. MichaelEdits says: Mar 10, 2017 11:18 AM

    I wouldn’t call this a boring hack. Anything that led to this much press coverage is far from boring.

  49. MichaelEdits says: Mar 10, 2017 11:18 AM

    (If somebody hacked his Instagram account and posting something about standing in Brady’s bedroom with a clipboard, nobody would’ve believed that, so that would be boring.)

  50. MichaelEdits says: Mar 10, 2017 11:19 AM

    (If somebody hacked his Instagram account and posted something about standing in Brady’s bedroom with a clipboard, nobody would’ve believed that, so that would be boring.)

  51. j0esixpack says: Mar 10, 2017 11:20 AM

    brownstown6586 says: As soon as I heard this story I figured he got drunk
    ————————————-

    Clearly he’s eager to get a head start as the Browns QB! ROFL!

    Actually I think JG is going to be a helluva QB and easily worth a #12 and the 2nd rounder at least. He has football smarts, can throw a bullet pass accurately, but still has a light touch for dink and dunk situational football.

    The Browns have the cap space to give him a quality OL and quality WRs and I don’t think they or their D was as bad as it looked (I think they could have beat the Steelers in that last game but wanted the #1 pick).

    As bizarre as it sounds, it’s not a bad place for a good QB to go this year, and beats blowing a high pick (and higher salaried) rookie than JG who lacks the experience of actually winning in the NFL and playing behind Brady and for Belichick.

    This will be the move that ends Cleveland’s status as a laughing stock – which EVERY NFL fan should be rooting for as it’s a storied organization that was screwed over by the NFL itself 20 years ago.

  52. jacktatum32 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:26 AM

    posted at 4 am……hanging out w Johnny Football no doubt

  53. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 10, 2017 11:27 AM

    of we could follow the lead of Steelers fans and live off the current glory for the next 30 years

    30 years of tears is a lot of whining, but I know CryBabyNation is up to the task….man that’s a lot,of tissues.

  54. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Mar 10, 2017 11:28 AM

    edwicy says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:06 AM
    It’s surprising pat fans haven’t yet started screaming that Goodell is behind this.

    Not one yet but thanks for the expected trollish behavior.

    You left out the 3,2,1 countdown.

  55. fordbw says: Mar 10, 2017 11:36 AM

    He was hacked. Yeah, right. That’s the oldest excuse in the book.

  56. azjohnny says: Mar 10, 2017 11:41 AM

    Word has it Pats are demanding the top pick in the draft and more. I am assuming that won’t be happening

  57. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Mar 10, 2017 11:46 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 10:38 AM

    “Yeah but why would any QB want to go to Cleveland? They had the league worst Oline last season, gave up 138 QB hits and 68 sacks.

    You did notice that Cleveland had what, 4 different QBs start last season because the kept getting injured and sent to IR didn’t you?

    Only a fool of a QB or someone desperate would be willing to take that gig. He’d be lucky to last 4 games there.”

    You did notice the Browns spent about $100mil upgrading their line yesterday, didn’t you? Did you also notice that with Chicago and San Fran out of the running, there is nobody left to bid against. If Pats trade home, they will get nowhere near what people are speculating..

  58. doni609 says: Mar 10, 2017 11:46 AM

    Fake news!

  59. pastabelly says: Mar 10, 2017 11:59 AM

    townie45 says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:55 AM
    Good luck Adam ; nobody has ever been able to figure out the Football Yoda that is Bill Belichick . Many coaches have been know to lose their minds in his mere presence ; see Super Bowls 49 and 51.
    ========================================
    At this point, I believe that Schefter’s source is either Bill Belichick or Jonathan Kraft. In other words, Schefter knows what’s going on the team would not “use” him.

  60. quizlingclinic says: Mar 10, 2017 12:30 PM

    “pastabelly says:
    Mar 10, 2017 9:44 AM
    Mike, Adam Schefter doubled down on his contention this morning even after it was pointed out to him that “Mike Florio said you were being used by the Patriots.” Schefter’s credibility is unmatched. It’s possible that Belichick will change his mind (and you can bet that Adam Schefter will be the first to know).”


    Schefter seems to becoming unglued, however. He also strongly implied that his source for this was not the Patriots. And he said that even if Cle offered 4 #1s the Pats would say no. That’s absurd beyond belief, so I’d take anything he says on this subject with a large grain of salt. Clearly he’s being used by the Pats to strengthen their negotiating stance.

  61. dman6015 says: Mar 10, 2017 1:02 PM

    He and his agent claim his account was hacked. Who knows? Bottom line is, it’s not a matter of if, but when he’s going to be traded.

  62. realkelevra says: Mar 11, 2017 11:36 AM

    Step 1: Get traded to the Browns for some sweet draft picks.

    Step 2: Refuse to re-negotiate contract, which is up in a year.

    Step 3: Re-sign with the Patriots for the 2018 season
    …………………………………………..
    No team is going to trade for a franchise qb they can’t lock up long term. This isn’t pretend football.

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