La Canfora mentions that while reports are all over the place in regards to the Patriots’ plans for Garoppolo, he firmly believes every player has a price and as long as one of the quarterback-needy teams is willing to part with a decent package of draft picks for Garoppolo, they’ll make a trade.
One interesting note from La Canfora is in regards to Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee. La Canfora says that it’s unlikely HC Bill Belichick will invest a lot of time and energy in finding a trade for Garoppolo, considering that his agent will most likely be trying to line up options that his client is willing to sign a long-term deal with.
According to La Canfora, Yee has obvious ties to the Bears, Browns and 49ers, so it wouldn’t be all that difficult for him to work out a long-term deal for his client, assuming that these teams are willing to part with a competitive package of draft picks to get Garoppolo.
La Canfora also doesn’t rule out the Texans as a landing spot for Garoppolo either.
After the Vikings parted with first- and fourth-round picks in return for Sam Bradford last year, La Canfora fully expects a team to offer something similar to the Patriots in the coming months.
There’s still a chance that New England holds onto Garoppolo, depending what’s available to them and whether they think they can’t hold onto him as their long-term replacement for Tom Brady. Although, Brady has said he plans to still play a number of years.
Garoppolo, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2014. He is entering the final year of his four-year, $3,483,898 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $820,077 to go along with a $75,000 workout bonus for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Garoppolo completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 502 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for the Patriots over the course of six games.
We’ll have more regarding a potential Garoppolo trade as the news is available.