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Nick Caserio evades question about Jimmy Garoppolo

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The offseason program barely has begun, but Patriots V.P. of player personnel Nick Caserio is already in midseason question-avoiding form.

Asked at a pre-draft press conference whether backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is “strictly not for sale,” Caserio provided an expert non-answer answer.

“I’d say to answer your question, anything that we do we’re always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team and that’s how we approach it,” Caserio said, via quotes distributed by the team. “That’s not going to change. So whatever we think is best for our team for 2017, for that season, then that’s what we’ll do. However that manifests itself [I’m] not exactly sure, but that’s where the focus is, trying to put together the best team possible for the 2017 season. However that comes about then we’ll take it as it comes.”

On the surface, Caserio said a whole lot of nothing. Coupled with the belief in some circles that coach Bill Belichick has decided that the best approach for 2017 will be to keep Garoppolo as the understudy to Tom Brady and to worry about 2018 in 2018, then it means Garoppolo won’t be traded to anyone, for any amount.

Still, everyone has a price. If someone makes the Patriots an offer they can’t refuse, the Patriots possibly won’t refuse it.

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23 Responses to “Nick Caserio evades question about Jimmy Garoppolo”
  1. dumbpollack says: Apr 18, 2017 3:48 PM

    Love the Browns to land him.

  2. 345snarkavenue says: Apr 18, 2017 4:03 PM

    was kind of half expecting the picture of Caserio, with his spinning black and white spiral eyes….hypnotizing the masses, which would kind of go along with his non-answer answer.

  3. finnymcphin says: Apr 18, 2017 4:17 PM

    dumbpollack says:
    Apr 18, 2017 3:48 PM
    Love the Browns to land him.
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    If he ends up somewhere besides New England Cleveland would be the most likely landing spot. No one else is really in a position to make the kind of Godfather offer it would take to pry him loose without crippling their future. The Browns truly could get well in a hurry. That type of cap space and draft capital has never really come together before. It’s going to be interesting to watch unfold.

  4. lgw91s says: Apr 18, 2017 4:20 PM

    Could have been summed up in 3 words. Sweeten the offer.

  5. 41chacha says: Apr 18, 2017 4:22 PM

    Draft picks are a crap shoot. JG is a very reliable backup in case TB goes down. Patriots are favorites to get another super bowl next year so the backup is more valuable than a potential future star IMO. Keep Jimmy!

  6. 6ball says: Apr 18, 2017 4:26 PM

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    The Patriots, in keeping Garopollo, have a solid backup in case of an injury to Brady. Plus, he’ll still be a valuable asset next season. There’s no sense trading a young QB you believe in for a few picks in the draft. This is especially true this year since the draft appears to be an an odd one with quality players projected to be available deep into the later rounds.
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  7. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 18, 2017 4:31 PM

    Bill would have to sign off on it for anything to happen. I am sure Nick knows what Bill is thinking but wont show their hand. They could do a draft day deal or just hold on to him as insurance for Brady. It’s a toss up, but the final decision is up to one guy and you know he is the least predictable guy to predict when it comes to roster moves.

  8. theandy59 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:32 PM

    The Patriots are loaded. If Brady goes down with an injury, I think they can still contend for a title with Jimmy G behind center. If BB believes that, then he’s not trading him regardless of the offer.

  9. The Phantom Stranger says: Apr 18, 2017 4:33 PM

    I’d say to answer your question, my philosophy is basically this. And this is something that I live by. And I always have. And I always will. Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter… where. Or who, or who you are with, or, or where you are going, or… or where you’ve been… ever. For any reason, whatsoever.

  10. kwjsb says: Apr 18, 2017 4:39 PM

    Even if the Browns get him, which I doubt because he would have to sign a long term contract … They should still take Trubisky at #12 ….

  11. exinsidetrader says: Apr 18, 2017 4:42 PM

    The Pats would even trade Brady if the return could help the team more.

  12. thejetssuck2001 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:49 PM

    wish they showed the caserio pic with his ridiculously piercing eyes. i had to google it and i was immediately reminded of the comment section when it was reported he didnt wanna be 49ers gm. lol. good times.

  13. PatSwinagain says: Apr 18, 2017 4:49 PM

    If you really think about it, it’s the responsibility of the rest of the league to pry JG from the Patriots. If JG is really as good as the Patriots believe, what a grave mistake it would be to allow the Patriots to hang on to a player that could continue this frustratingly painful dynasty that has dominated for the past 16 years. If the other 30 owners can’t pressure the Browns to give up a fortune in exchange for JG…Then you only have yourselves to blame for The Continued Dominance!

    This seems so obvious. If I were an AFC team, I’d be bribing the Browns to get him away from the Patriots.

    I’ve got to imagine that the trolls would be willing to pay anything to end their misery.

  14. thejetssuck2001 says: Apr 18, 2017 4:53 PM

    41chacha says:
    Apr 18, 2017 4:22 PM
    Draft picks are a crap shoot. JG is a very reliable backup in case TB goes down. Patriots are favorites to get another super bowl next year so the backup is more valuable than a potential future star IMO. Keep Jimmy!

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    id say this is about a perfect statement for the jimmy g situation.

  15. HighwayStar says: Apr 18, 2017 4:53 PM

    The right approach to figuring out what Belichick will do is outlined as follows:

    Que sera, sera
    Whatever will be, will be
    The future’s not ours to see
    Que sera, sera

  16. sceaglesfan says: Apr 18, 2017 4:53 PM

    I think if he goes , he goes during the draft. Not sure what sort of comp Pats want. I would take a second if I were Belichek.

  17. deneb1973 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:05 PM

    I suspect this is part of the complex plan Belichick put in place the day after the Super Bowl. Butler goes to NO for the Pats original Number one pick; Cleveland swaps Number 12 for 32 PLUS two or three other picks for Jimmy G. Remember that Belichick has traded away 3 picks in a draft filled with players that can be blue collar contributors. Does anyone really think Belichick is not going to pick until the third round? First step was getting Butler to sign his offer – he’s done that. He’ll soon be a Saint, the Pats will have their first round pick back and the Browns will make the trade that will set the Pats up for another decade of dominance. Anyone believing the BS about the team not having faith in Brissett – watch the draft. I’m betting Kelly is going to be a Pat (and Brissett’s understudy) for 2017.

  18. hehateme2 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:21 PM

    Kid is totally unproven. No one knows if he’ll be any good long term.

  19. smithdp says: Apr 18, 2017 5:22 PM

    Sam Bradford was an NFL starter for years before Philly traded him for a 1st and a 4th. Garoppolo has started 2 games maybe in the league. Anyone trading more than a 2nd rounder for him might be known as the Browns.

  20. ill42 says: Apr 18, 2017 5:27 PM

    It’s a really interesting situation, and I’d be pretty surprised if Jimmy G isn’t traded prior to, or on the first day of the draft. This is the only chance you have to turn JG into future assets. He walks at the end of the year because someone will back up the Brinks truck, and you get nothing (outside a compensatory pick). Unless you are very certain this is Brady’s last go round, I don’t see the value in keeping him, especially if you have any belief in Brissett.

  21. pastabelly says: Apr 18, 2017 6:17 PM

    I think what is best for the 2017 team is to keep Jimmy G. This team is loaded and an injury to Brady would kill them unless there’s a very good back up. Sorry but Brissett remains a project.

  22. yahdoood says: Apr 18, 2017 6:56 PM

    Quite sure he’d be a one year rental for the Browns anyway. No QB in their right mind with Don Yee as agent is gonna sign long term with that stink show.

    Love my Brady but can’t outrun father time.

    Garrapollo gets franchise tag in 2018.

  23. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 21, 2017 12:26 PM

    Jimmy stays, Brady retires after they win super bowl this coming year! Book it!

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