Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t rule out signing an extension in New England

AP

When assessing the various possible outcomes to the Tom Brady/Jimmy Garoppolo conundrum, one consists of Garoppolo signing a short-term extension to keep him with the Patriots while the Patriots and Garoppolo wait for Brady to walk away. So would Garoppolo do that?

“You know, I entertain any possibility,” Garoppolo told reporters at the team’s mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. “I don’t know, like I said, I’m not really thinking about too much right now. There’s just so much going on with OTAs and training camp is right around the corner. That’s where my focus is. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess.”

If there’s going to be a bridge to be crossed, it needs to come fairly soon. With each passing day, Garoppolo gets closer to free agency or the franchise tag. And since Garoppolo isn’t the starter, his injury risk is lower than it would be if he were actually playing.

So, basically, Garoppolo holds all the cards. Although his agent, Don Yee, has a history of underplaying his hand when it comes to Tom Brady’s contracts, those decisions have been made by the client not the agent. As a result, some believe Yee will try to turn the tables with Garoppolo.

The question becomes whether Garoppolo will go along with that, or whether he’ll insist on doing things his way, the way that Brady consistently has.

37 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t rule out signing an extension in New England

  1. If he does then Brady is gone. I can see Brady finishing his career somewhere like Denver where there are still questions about the QB position.

  2. Garoppolo’s agent should get together with Brady’s agent and the Patriots and work something out.

  3. They sure have loaded up on talent this year. If Tom gets a sixth, I think he rides off into the sunset. Then it’s all Jimmy’s.

  4. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 6, 2017 3:56 PM
    If he does then Brady is gone. I can see Brady finishing his career somewhere like Denver where there are still questions about the QB position.
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    Although I do agree with you that a team like Denver would probably entertain the idea of going after. I think the city of Denver would truly hate this idea of Brady playing in a Broncos uniform. As a Bronco fan myself, I would rather see him go elsewhere.

  5. The problem is, some team is going to be willing to give him $18 million a year… New England could never match that. It’s hard to imagine New England giving him such a high salary from either an extension or franchise tagged… unless they really do trade Brady, who knows.

  6. It depends on the numbers: Both years for Tommy and age of Jimmy combined with the dollar amount.

    Couple that with what is the offensive coaches promises for staying. If McDaniels bails, then plucking Jimmy G to his new team would be sweet for the new team, the new coach and the new starting QB. I honestly think McD and Jimmy G will be head coach and starting QB together. If Tommy retires, I think BB does. It may be an unspoken agreement that McD takes over for BB.

  7. .
    In three seasons with the Patriots Jimmy Garopollo has made 2.6 million. He’s due another 900k this season. However, there are a lot of moving parts to be integrated into his future with the Patriots. Some of these parts Garopollo controls. Some the Patriots control and some Tom Brady controls.

    I’m certain that there will be nothing to learn about Garopollo until next offseason, or unless a prominent starter goes down. By both their words and deeds, the Patriots have shown a desire to have Garopollo succeed Brady.
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  8. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 6, 2017 3:56 PM
    If he does then Brady is gone. I can see Brady finishing his career somewhere like Denver where there are still questions about the QB position.

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    Stay off the bath salts, son. No way NE would ever work with Horseteeth on anything. They cannot be trusted.

  9. I think and hope he stays, but even if he goes it will not be on bad terms. He already has as many rings as either Peyton, Eli, or Roethelisberger. So perhaps some Kaep to NE fabricated rumors would have a destabilizing effect instead? Good luck!

  10. He will never sign an extension. He is gonna go free agent. Why sign for peanuts when he can break the bank of some team? He is tired of sitting and watching Brady play.

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 6, 2017 3:56 PM
    If he does then Brady is gone. I can see Brady finishing his career somewhere like Denver where there are still questions about the QB position.
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    More of that legendary insight. Belichick and Caserio have mastered roster building and cap management better than any other front office. If they thought it was in the team’s best interest to keep them both then it would get done even if it meant using the tag. The Pats make their decisions on how things are not how they look. Belichick doesn’t have to sweat the optics of paying a backup franchise money, it’s good to be The Hoodie that way. If you really were a Pats fan instead of just masquerading as one you’d know that.

  12. Seriously doubt they’ll extend him and I’ll doubt they’ll not tag him, but it seems completely unrealistic that they don’t tag him and trade him because they can’t continue to hijack his career, while never getting ROI with him.

    The only logic is, NE is driving price by holding JimmyG for this 1 last year with the idea some NFC team (Arizona?) is interested but only after this year. So they’d have to have a trading partner, which I would have said was Chicago, with them renting Glennon for a year, but drafting Trubisky has changed that.

    I;ve said Arizona for a while now. For example: JimmyG at 14 mil per from here on out, by his new team, would be a better option than old man Palmer at 15.5 million in 2017 is somehow a better option?

    Sorry, not buying it. JimmyG is the superior option now and in the future for a team like that.

    But, there is no way they’re going to pay him 24 million, even if spread out via an extension into 2019 to be a back up to Brady. It’s preposterous from both the team’s perspective and Jimmy Gs.

    I think the Pats think by rejecting Cleveland’s offer, in case something happened to Brady this year, they could seriously still have a legit chance winning it all in 2017 with JimmyG, if Brady got hurt (or Goodell decided to frame Brady between now and Sept again) AND at the same time jack Jimmy’s price up.

    The rumor is 2 1st rd picks, but they may not get that. But by acting like they love him enough to tag him at 24 mil, it may be enough to pry a 1st and 2nd rd pick away, plus a mid rder.

  13. Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. Told you this before the draft and nothing has changed. The smartest guy in the room isn’t about to let the young buck go anywhere with a 40-yr old starter under center. BB is always ahead of the curve in almost every facet of the game. Why would he suddenly fail to be forward thinking and not be planning for life beyond #12 ?

  14. He doesn’t hold all the cards – BB always has the option of just tendering a minimum qualifying contract that would net the Pats a 3rd-round pick if JimmyG goes elsewhere. I kept trying to remind the salty sea of this and why BB would never bother trading JimmyG for merely a 1st round pick this year – because having JimmyG as a fully trained competent backup for another year is worth more than merely moving up two rounds in pick value. Next year, if Brady still looks ok and JacobyB looks like a potential starter one day, BB will just tender Jimmy and see what interest there is. Otherwise, he’ll offer Jimmy an impossible-to-refuse juicy 1yr extension before the end of the coming season and reassess it all again next year. BB won’t do anything before he needs to – never has and never will.

  15. “Although I do agree with you that a team like Denver would probably entertain the idea of going after. I think the city of Denver would truly hate this idea of Brady playing in a Broncos uniform. As a Bronco fan myself, I would rather see him go elsewhere.”
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    I find it hard to believe that if Brady somehow signed in Denver that he wouldn’t be pretty welcomed by the fans. I am quite certain if he played there at a high level and the team did well, that the fans would mostly be behind him.

  16. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 6, 2017 4:26 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 6, 2017 3:56 PM
    If he does then Brady is gone. I can see Brady finishing his career somewhere like Denver where there are still questions about the QB position.

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    Stay off the bath salts, son. No way NE would ever work with Horseteeth on anything. They cannot be trusted.

    LOL…NO KIDDING

    Number 1…Brady isn’t going anywhere…until he’s ready.

    IF…the Patriots do keep and extend JG…then you know they feel he’s a franchise QB who can win them a championship. They have the cap room this year to do so.

  17. These people thinking the Pats will let Brady go if they extend Garoppolo are crazy. Look, if Garoppolo passed Brady on the depth chart? Yeah, I could see it. But so far, this hasn’t happened, and until it does, Brady will be staying put.

  18. Backup QB is the best job in the world. You retire with millions of dollars and you don’t get beat up. Perhaps Jimmy is privy to Brady’s real retirement plans. Brady says he wants to play another ten years just to avoid the circus. He’ll most likely announce his retirement date after he’s played his last game.

  19. Its impossible to tell at this point. Too many things could happen next season. Here are just a few.

    1. Brady stays healthy, plays great and the Pats win the SB. He could walk away from the game at that point.

    2. Brady stays healthy, plays great but the Pats either don’t get to or don’t win the SB. I think Brady wants another SB win bad, and would keep playing in that scenario.

    3. Brady gets hurt but the Pats win the SB with Garrappollo. I think Brady would come back if the team let him and his health allows it.

    4. Brady gets hurt and the Pats either don’t make or lose the SB. Again I think Brady comes back if the team lets him and his health allows it.

    5. Brady gets hurt badly, career ending, Jimmy goes nowhere.

    There are numerous other variations on these scenarios. Until the season plays out the only thing we know is both Brady and Garrappollo are playing for the Pats this season. Nobody, not even Brady or Belichick knows what’s going to happen after that at this point in the off season.

  20. I laugh at all of the folks who claim “there’s no way the Pats do X” or “the Pats are going to do Y” – because all anyone has to know is that BB will do the right thing for the team when the time comes.

    Aside from that, everything else is pure conjecture and fantasy land talk.

    BB kinda has a grasp on how things work and I’m 100% certain he knows what he’s going to do with JG and that’s all I need to know.

  21. Wow great article and headline.
    I was expecting Garopolo to stand on his soap box and declare he RULED OUT signing an extension and wanted to make it known THIS YEAR RIGHT NOW.
    Good thing for him he’s actually NOT ruling it out.

  22. harrisonhits2 – another fair-weather new england apologist.

    Which AFC team, this year, do you see BEATING new england likely at home during the playoffs? WHICH ONE?

  23. “Garoppolo’s agent should get together with Brady’s agent and the Patriots and work something out.”

    Ha ha….based on the thumbs down this went wayyyy over people’s heads.

  24. Pats fans make it sound like this guy can walk on water. Can’t run… and throws a heavy ball that looks like its rain soaked. He really has no athletic abilities. A statue back there. He is a smart guy yes and with a great coaching staff and great team and that might work if he stays in New England and BB stays but if you put him on a mediocre team like the Browns or the Bills and expect him to lead you all you will have is a mediocre team with a mediocre QB. Sorry Pat fans but that is the truth.

  25. I know your a troll beachside, but your ‘assessment’ of Garoppolo is pretty much the opposite of true on every point.

  26. FWIW-
    1. Tom Brady will never wear another team’s uniform. He will retire a Patriot. Take it to the bank.
    2. Brissett is the QB of the future, not JG. Don’t take this one to the bank, though.
    3. Belichick has done a masterful job in promoting JG’s value and will exact an absolute ransom from somebody for him. See you at the bank.

  27. “harrisonhits2 – another fair-weather new england apologist.

    Which AFC team, this year, do you see BEATING new england likely at home during the playoffs? WHICH ONE?”

    Lol since I wasn’t “apologizing” for anything in that post I have no idea what you mean by that comment. And given I’ve been a Pats fan within a few years of my family moving to RI when I was 8 years old in 1967, there’s nothing ‘fair weather” about me.

    And as to any team beating the Pats at home in the playoffs in the coming season? Personally I don’t think any of them can.

    But I also remember the Jets humiliating the Pats at home in the playoffs just 3 weeks after NE handed them a 45-3 beatdown. I also remember the Ravens coming in here a few years ago in the playoffs and hammering the Pats when no one expected them to do so, myself included.

    Any given Sunday one team can rise up and beat the other. The Pats also typically have 1 or 2 games a year where they lose focus and don’t play well. It can happen in the playoffs just like it happens once in a great while in the regular season.

    Only a fool assumes his team will win every game every time no matter how good they are.

  28. Pats got the best 2 QB’s in the AFC….. What a terrible situation to have to deal with….. Life is tough in Patriot Nation!!!
    To quote the greatest coach in the history of the NFL…. It is what it is!!! Love me some BB!!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  29. Patriots will have key injuries this year. They will end their season in mediocrity. 8-8. No doubt.

  30. I would dip for legacy purposes. Not many QBs get remembered after replacing elite quarterbacks, let alone someone being considered one of the greatest of all time.

    Obviously it’s his call though. Try to take the reigns from Brady and carve your own legacy in Patriot history, or take an easier route (and likely a bigger paycheck) in another city.

  31. Brady will win his 6th and will come back, I think they can even 3-peat and he’ll get his 7th, and he still might not be done, but most likely would retire after #7.

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