There’s an easy enough comparison to be made between Jimmy Garoppolo and Aaron Rodgers. Promising young quarterback stuck behind a legend who’s been there forever? Rodgers wrote the book on that for three years in Green Bay.
Yet when Edelman compared his teammate to the Packers star Tuesday on the NFL Network, he wasn’t referring to a quarterback controversy at all. In fact, he was comparing Garoppolo as a player to not just Rodgers, but Brett Favre as well.
"I'm not a paid GM so I don't know the whole value thing, but as far as a guy that I could play with every single day, Jimmy Garoppolo, I mean, the guy's a stud," Edelman said on NFL Network's Total Access. "He went out and played in the regular season and he played very well. He's got that kind of gunslinger confidence. That Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence. He practices hard, he prepares hard. He's a good kid. He's young. I think he's a good player."
In Garoppolo's six quarters over two games before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 2, Edelman caught 13 passes from Garoppolo for 135 yards.
Edelman’s comments come at the beginning of an offseason that figures to shine plenty of spotlight on Garoppolo. Three years into his career, the 2014 second-round pick boosted his stock with a two-game starting sample in the recently concluded season, but he enters the final year of his contract with the starting job still promised to Tom Brady.
Teams may be setting their sights on Garoppolo this offseason with the intention of making him their starter, with the Browns, Bears and 49ers among the teams rumored to have interest.