Patriots now have one quarterback on the roster

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The Patriots have made their choice between Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. And now they have only one quarterback on the roster.

So what’s next for the Patriots, after trading Garoppolo to the 49ers? With few free-agent options available, it’s intriguing to wonder whether the Patriots would consider pursuing Colin Kaepernick, given that Kaepernick has performed well against them in the past.

Whatever they do, they need someone, soon. Which makes the move so surprising, since it was viewed as a given that coach Bill Belichick wanted to keep Garoppolo in place as the backup to Brady for 2017, and then to decide what to do with him later.

The move, for a second-round pick, becomes even more confusing given the widespread belief in the 2017 offseason that Belichick wanted multiple first-round picks for Garoppolo. If he’s taking a second-round pick in 2018 now, wouldn’t he have taken a single first-round pick in 2017?

The good news for the Patriots is that the Week Nine bye makes it easier for them to get a backup up to speed, whoever it may be. Given that the trade deadline doesn’t arrive until 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, maybe the Patriots will trade for a quarterback.

83 responses to “Patriots now have one quarterback on the roster

  1. I will ask again. What in the world does Kaps success against the Patriots mean for his success as a member of the Pats?

  2. They will sign Kapernick book it and he will run gadget plays with him then after he proves himself trade him for some more picks

  3. What? NE trades Grappolo, and only gets a 2nd round pick?! He was supposed to be the next Tom Brady. No one could have seen that coming!

  4. Colts need to move Tolzien and bring back Stephen Morris to back up Brissett. Colts get a proven o-lineman and a low draft choice and move on from Tolzien. Phillip Wheeler Colts current third is not the answer. Put Luck on the IR and get through this horrible season and hope Luck is back next year if at all. Word locally is Luck wants out and was never going to be able to play this season it was all about selling tickets. Maybe The Hoodie Dark Lord comes after Luck since Brady may be slowing down and needed the cap room. Who knows with the Pats, but they seem to always be a step ahead of everyone else thanks to Bellicheck and hard to admit as a Colts and Bears fan but too true.

  5. Bob Kraft thinks he runs the league so him and his buddy Roger have come up with this to get all the owners off the hook and the nonsense to stop , pretty sneaky

  6. He’s still pretty much unproven. As a 49er fan, I don’t really have much to gauge him on. Doing well during mop up time isn’t really isn’t a great measuring stick.

  7. They had better pick up someone soon as Julian Edelman is not available as an emergency back up QB. This move is curious.

  8. I hear Brian hoyer is available.

    Seriously, the hoodie just pushed all-in to win NOW. he is going to flip that pick for defense this year.

    Or he is drafting a quality QB in the draft next year.

  9. This will be real dirty when the Patriots sigh Kapernick and others teams stayed true to the blackball that could have used him more than the Patriots

  10. what swayed bb to trade jimmy was rg3’s explanation of his washington days. once he understood that everything was shanahan and gruden’s fault, he decided rg could be brady’s backup…no problem….

  11. Right. The guy turned down how much money to have the chance to be a starter? Sure, maybe he’s reconsidered that at Week 8 with no contract. Still, his locker room attitude and unwillingness to do the work in the film room as a backup for a LOT more than that Patriots would give him are major concerns.

    If he has lost the attitude and still has the talent from his first year and a half, he would be a really intriguing option as a backup for the Patriots. They certainly had some fun seeing what Brissett brought to the roster. If Kaep is what he was before he sucked, he would be be a better version of that.

  12. This should really scare 49er fans. This is how little Belichick actually thinks of Garopolo that he not only would trade him with half the season left and thinks it’s no big deal, but that he did it with no other QBs on the roster. Think you just got a lemon. Hey, but that’s just me. I’m sure you can extrapolate 1 and a half games where he got hurt right off the bat playing for the greatest coach ever into extended success. Just ask KC, lol.

  13. That 2nd round pick is going to be #33 or #34.

    Garopollo can sign with the Patriots after the SB. He will get a ring to boot, if get there and they win.

    Where is it written he got some contract offer and then trade? Can’t do that.

    Niners are really rolling the dice on this one. They must not like any of the QB’s in the ’18 draft. Now they have to compete or match (not really sure how that works) outside offers. Of course the dice rolling is in Garopollo’s hand too. Does he sign something off possible market value in case he flops or does he do a Kirk Cousins?

  14. Come on, man. Didn’t you say earlier in the season that a backup QB should have a similar skill set to the starter? Now you’re politicking for this dud to backup TB? Please tell us what skills TB and CK have in common.

  15. The New England Cheaters don’t need a backup QB.

    We all know that Tomasina Brady walks on water and his toilet ploppings don’t stink.

  16. Trade a late pick for Andrew Luck and give him the rest of Brady’s career to heal up. (Or maybe if Luck was suddenly out of Indy and on the Patriots he heels up in a week)

  17. A few associated thoughts:
    Kirk Cousins will be sobbing into his pillow tonight.
    Brees just lost a potential big money landing pad.
    Brain Hoyer will collect his money from SF and be in New England within days.
    Garoppolo goes from penthouse to outhouse while Hoyer makes the trip in reverse.
    Jimmy gonna get himself a pile of York’s dough. Franchise tag at a minimum.
    Take note Belichick made sure neither the Jets or Fins will get a shot at Jimmy G
    Belichick just seriously improved his position in the ’18 draft.
    And saving the best for last, there will be many troll tears shed when they realize this means Brady will NOT retire after this year.

  18. “… the widespread belief in the 2017 offseason that Belichick wanted multiple first-round picks for Garoppolo.”

    You mean the widespread media gossip. Let’s be clear here.

  19. The move, for a second-round pick, becomes even more confusing given the widespread belief in the 2017 offseason that Belichick wanted multiple first-round picks for Garoppolo. If he’s taking a second-round pick in 2018 now, wouldn’t he have taken a single first-round pick in 2017?
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    Because next year JimmyG becomes UFA and any number of teams would throw much bigger silly-money at him than the Pats would be prepared to pay for a backup, and so the Pats would only get a compensatory 3rd round pick. This means Brady is not retiring, and the Pats have big needs elsewhere, so trading JimmyG now for a high 2nd in 2018 is better than bagging a low 3rd in 2019.

  20. You guys are lucky you don’t have BB as your team’s coach. He’s worse than cholesterol in your arteries. He gives us Patriots fans reasons to have heart attacks.

  21. Wow there’s a lot of people (or a couple with a lot of id’s) that don’t understand the franchise tag is there if the 49ers need to use it to keep Garoppolo from walking. For supposed football fans that’s not too bright.

  22. RE LEE says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    You guys are lucky you don’t have BB as your team’s coach. He’s worse than cholesterol in your arteries. He gives us Patriots fans reasons to have heart attacks.

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    And the the sun comes up

  23. nflfan4now says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    Isn’t Bradford a free agent after this season? Back to ne?

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    Help me out here. When was Bradford in NE before?

  24. I bought a customized patriot jersey with the name Asterisks on the back with the # 5. I am going as asterisk boy Tammy for Halloween.

  25. I’m interested in seeing what else Bill has up his sleeve before the trade deadline!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  26. The thing I love about Brady most of all? He loathes and despises weaklings as much as I do! 🙂 And why wouldn’t he? The GOAT shouldn’t have to stoop down to wussies level. He deserves better than that trash.

    🙂

  27. stevejjones says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:13 pm
    Kap is bad. Why exactly would B.B. want him? Some sense of obligation?

    BB can coach, half of the head coaches in this league have no clue. If BB were to bring Kap on board, best believe he would figure out a way to coach him up. Remember Kap wasn’t bad, when he had a HC that knew what the hell he was doing he was actually a weapon.

  28. The Patriots made their choice.

    Brady for a couple years > Garoppolo for the long term

    Says it all folks, Tells me all I need to know about what they really thought of Jimmy. And it’s not all that flattering.

  29. Just because the whole read-option thing hadn’t been figured out by the entire NFL defenses for one season doesn’t mean that Kaepernic is going to be a good fit. Having said that… the Patriots are no strangers to having 3 QBs on staff, and if it buys some goodwill in New York, then hey, why not? Right?

  30. Kaep makes zero sense. It isnt a behavior issue with him, like Randy Moss. It is an inability to melt into the team identity, Kaep now has painted himself into a corner where he pretty much has to be saying something all the time, and he can’t help but say dumb things. I support the broader protest but Kaep really stepped in it by making himself the face of it all. I doubt he ever plays again but I’m quite sure BB’s Patriots would never give him a shot.

  31. it’s intriguing to wonder whether the Patriots would consider pursuing Colin Kaepernick

    OMG get real….

  32. Does anyone seriously believe Belichick would put up with Kaepernick? LOL!

    So bsaically the 49ers and Patriots swap QBs, and the Patriots get a secound round pick out of it.

  33. LyinRogerMustGo says:

    October 30, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Wow! TREMENDOUS move for the World Champions and their superior fans!
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    The superior is in your dreams only.

  34. streetyson says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:45 pm
    “RG3 to the Pats!”
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    They’re more likely to sign R2D2 than RG3!!

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    Aaah, please tell me how many times Bellichick has made the move YOU thought he would? …………. I’ll wait.

  35. Bill’s flushing the team…he’ll probably announce his retirement after completely demolishing it, leaving Joshy-boy and an aged QB behind.

  36. No, the PATS won’t bring in KAP. That would be like adding a poison to the locker room. Not KAP himself, but the media frenzy which it would bring!

  37. fluiddarkness says:

    October 30, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Patriots fleeced the Niners. Grap is a system QB, just like Tammy.

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    Too bad Belichick is only 18-19 without Brady starting. And if Brady was a system QB, Belichick would have kept Garrapolo and traded Brady. It would be the only sensible move.

  38. LyinRogerMustGo says:

    October 31, 2017 at 12:17 am

    The Patriots made their choice.

    Brady for a couple years > Garoppolo for the long term

    Says it all folks, Tells me all I need to know about what they really thought of Jimmy. And it’s not all that flattering.

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    Well its also a money thing. Garrapolo wouldn’t sign long term with the Pats as long as Brady is there so Pats would have to franchise him next year. A $20mil backup QB is not very efficient use of the cap. I just wish they traded him in the offseason when his value appeared to be a little higher, maybe get a 2nd rounder and another pick too.

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