As a result of the Defalte-gate debacle, the Patriots lost a 1st and a 4th round draft pick along with a fine of $1 million. Even with the media ripping this thing to shreds, this is the reality that the Patriots have to live with heading into the 2016 season. The $1 million means nothing, and they can survive without a 4th round pick, but the 1st rounder is the real killer.
Belichick has made some questionable picks in the late rounds of the drafts, but he has rarely missed with his 1st round selections. Some of the players selected in the 1st round have been and continue to be integral parts of this Patriots team. Players include Devin McCourty, Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower; all players who play a big role each week during the season.
With the high percentage of good picks in the 1st round, you'd have to think that Bill wants to figure out a way to get back to that spot. He will have a few assets to deal, but with the importance of a 1st round draft pick, the move could be painful for Patriots fans.
Belichick drafted Jimmy Garoppolo with the mindset that they'd have to replace Brady sooner rather than later. However, Brady responded to that by winning a Super Bowl and following that with one of the best seasons in his career. Former Patriot and radio personality Scott Zolak pointed out that the Patriots usually extend Brady's contract with 1 or 2 years remaining, and that's exactly the situation they have heading into the 2016 season.
Spending a few seasons behind Tom Brady, Garoppolo would interest any team that is in need of decent quarterback play (PHI, HOU, STL BUF). The risk with this move is that you put all your chips in on Brady, and if he gets hurt, you just traded away your best backup option. Belichick needs to take advantage of the fact that Brady is playing like he's 10 years younger than he actually is. Trade Garoppolo if the price is right, and help Brady win again before he turns into Peyton Manning.
Between Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, it almost seems unanimous that Jones is the odd man out. These 3 players are all due big contracts soon and it doesn't look like the Patriots will be able to afford to keep all 3. With that in mind, especially after the marijuana incident, the Patriots should be looking to move Jones. Being a first round pick himself, Jones has absolutely lived up to his reputation as such. With a club option for 2016, he's coming off a 12.5 sack season with 31 tackles, and would bring in a first round pick and more if they were to move him.
Although Garoppolo hasn't seen many snaps, these two players are important pieces in the Patriots system. It's now safe to say that the days of the old Peyton Manning are behind us, but the Broncos still pieced together a team that was able to win the big game. With Denver winning the Super Bowl with almost no quarterback play, there's no reason the Patriots shouldn't be able to win it with one of the best quarterbacks in the league.