Bill Belichick Reveals His Reasoning Behind The Surprising Jimmy Garoppolo Trade
Bill Belichick shocked the NFL yet again by trading highly competent backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco for a second round pick. Many Patriots fans believe their team deserved a lot more in return, just as they did when Belichick shipped off linebacker Jamie Collins last year to the Browns for a conditional draft pick. Or when he cut four-time Pro Bowler and fan favorite Lawyer Milloy five days before the 2003 season. Or when he shipped Chandler Jones to Arizona last year for now released guard Jonathan Cooper.
Garoppolo is entering the last year of his rookie contract, and he’s set to hit free agency after the 2017 season. According to MMQB’s Albert Breer, the Patriots were willing to pay him like a starting quarterback, but Garoppolo wanted more than just the money. He wanted to play. So, when free agency comes around, the Pats would likely enter a bidding war with teams like the Browns or 49ers, which could end poorly for them. In the end, Belichick did what was best for his team at this time, even if he could have unloaded Jimmy earlier and gotten more.