In the past couple of days, with the problems we are seeing throughout the NFL in regards to quarterback play, Jimmy Garoppolo's name has yet again come up in trade rumors. However, this time, there is some validity to back them up. According to Michael Lombardi, a former Patriots employee and known Bill Belichick confidant, suggested the Patriots would be willing to trade Garoppolo if they could land the #1 overall pick, which will almost certainly go to the winless Cleveland Browns, who's quarterback situation will make you want to drink bleach.
Again, it is important to look at the source of this information. Did Belichick call up Lombardi on the phone and say he was going to trade arguably the most valuable and available piece in the NFL this offseason? Nope. However, Lombardi and Belichick are very similar thinkers. It is why Lombardi was so successful in his time with the New England Patriots. If Lombardi is thinking it, or perhaps even hearing rumblings of it from the Patriots, then it is something that is absolutely on Belilchick's mind.
The Patriots have an extremely tough decision to make after the end of this season, regarldess of how it ends. Jimmy Garoppolo is the next up and coming quarterback in the National Football League. The 25-year-old Eastern Illinois product has played in 3+ games this season, completing 70 percent of his passes for 496 yards, four touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 117.1.
However, as we all know, the Patriots have the best quarterback of all time and, at 39 years old, does not look to be slowing down. That being said, he is still 39 years old and could drop off at any point. If the Patriots decide to hang on to Garoppolo, they will need to pay him out of the nose to be a back up to TB12, which is something that is unprecedented in the Bill Belichick era.
Last season, the LA Rams traded their first-round pick (2016), two second-round picks (2016), a third-round pick (2016), a first-round pick (2017) and another third-round pick (2017) to the Titans for the first-overall pick (2016), a fourth-round pick (2016) and a sixth-round pick (2016). While a potential Jimmy Garoppolo trade will almost undoubtedly have other moving parts, this first round pick is all that should concern Patriots fans at the moment.
If the Patriots decide to ship Garoppolo out, and are able to get the #1 overall pick, the possibilities are endless for a team that is already a perrenial Super Bowl favorite every season. The Patriots could use the draft pick to draft a franchise quarterback to develop behind Tom Brady, like North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer, or Clemson's Deshaun Watson.
On the flip side, the Patriots could draft a player that could make an immediate impact on this team. LSU's Leonard Fournette, Florida's Quincy Wilson, or one of the many talented edge rushers in this draft could help this team significantly in 2017.
Then again, this is the Patriots we are talking about. Chances are they will trade back for 15 sixth rounders, or just let Jimmy G walk after he becomes a free agent. A guy can dream though, right?