The New England Patriots are hoping that the rest of the league was impressed with the brief glimpses they got of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo started the first two games of the season for the Patriots in place of the suspended Tom Brady and looked solid. He threw four touchdowns and no interceptions in his two starts and had command of the offense. So, how much would teams be willing to bet on Garoppolo with such a small sample size?
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on December 28th that the Patriots are reportedly requesting a minimum of a 1st and 4th round pick. Garoppolo is on the final year of his four-year rookie contract so this offseason could be eventful for the former Eastern Illinois quarterback who was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft.
Many will remember that last season, the Eagles traded quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings for a 1st and 4th round pick. Many people will also remember that last season the Texans forked over 72 million dollars to Brock Osweiler. Teams in desperate need of a quarterback tend to do desperate things. It would not be surprising to see a team shell over some serious draft pick capital to try and ink a deal with the Patriots. However, they should beware of the potential pitfalls, like the aforementioned Osweiler. Nothing is a sure thing in this league and a quarterback with a small sample size is an enigma.