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Jimmy Garoppolo: A Buyer’s Beware?

According to recent reports, the New England Patriots are willing to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in return for a higher selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. The reason there is so much interest in Garoppolo is that he performed so well when he stepped in for Tom Brady during his suspension at the beginning of the season.

However, should a team give up the farm for Garoppolo in the offseason? We all know that the NFL is a “quarterback-driven” league. Many media personalities are labeling Garoppolo as a franchise quarterback for the next 10-15 years.

One potential suitor for Garoppolo’s services is the Chicago Bears. Reports state that the Bears are willing to trade their 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft to the Patriots for Garoppolo in return.

The Bears would also be pressured to sign Garoppolo to a long-term contract once the trade is finalized. If not, the Bears might only have Garoppolo for one season. We all know what Garoppolo is capable of under Bill Belichick’s guidance, but can he succeed outside of the Patriots scheme?

That’s one of the risks involved with teams trying to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo. The reason is that the last quarterback to have success under Bill Belichick was Matt Cassell. Cassell led the Patriots to an 11-5 record back in 2008, the year that Tom Brady missed the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL injury. Cassell would sign with the Kansas City Chiefs for $63 million, with $28 million guaranteed.

Matt Cassell would fail to repeat the type of season that he had with the Patriots and was gone after only three seasons with the Chiefs. It’s unfair to put Jimmy Garoppolo in the same conversation with Matt Cassell when it comes to having success outside of Bill Belichick’s scheme in New England because we have not seen how Garoppolo will perform with another NFL franchise just yet.

The Bears are not satisfied with Jay Cutler’s performance as the team’s starting quarterback. Unless they select Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, they may have no other choice but to trade their pick in the draft to get Jimmy Garoppolo from New England. To go along with that, John Fox is coaching for his job next season, so you better believe that he will choose the best situation going forward.


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Derrick Branch is the founder and lead writer of Tops Sports.Com. He is a die-hard sports fan and keeps it 100 on all things that involve the NFL, NBA, NCAA Football.
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