ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that based on what he heard from people inside the Patriots’ organization and those familiar with their approach, he doesn’t expect them to trade backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.
Many expect the Patriots to make Garoppolo available for trade this offseason, considering that he’s entering the final year of his contract and New England used third-round pick Jacoby Brissett last year.
Beyond that, Tom Brady hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and intends to keep playing for the foreseeable future, so it would make sense for them to try to get something in return for Garoppolo when his value could be pretty high this offseason.
However, it appears as though there’s at least a chance they hold onto him for another season.
The Bears, Browns, 49ers, and Texans have all come up as potential trade partners for Garoppolo this offseason.
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.