Tom Brady can't play forever. At some point, probably in the not-so-distant future, his skills will not provide value for the price he'll be owed, or the price that could be recouped if he were traded.
When that time comes, could the Patriots trade Tom Brady and go with the younger, cheaper Jimmy Garoppolo?
Gary Tanguay,Bob Ryan and Mike Flynn were on Arbella Early Edition to discuss that very topic.
First things first - nobody is saying this situation is happening this season. Or even next season. But Garoppolo proved this preseason that the NFL stage is not too big for him.
"[Garoppolo has] got pieces of everything," says Flynn. "He’s got the accuracy. He’s got poise. He’s athletic enough to move out of the pocket. He’s got a lot of good intangibles that I can see just with the eye test.
"Nothing I’ve seen so far tells me [the Patriots] reached [to take Garoppolo in the second round]," says Flynn.
If Garoppolo continues to develop at his current pace, the Patriots will have a tough decision to make. A decision not unlike the one the Green Bay Packers had to make with a young Aaron Rodgers behind an aging Brett Favre.
"There is not any doubt in my mind," says Ryan, "if we do have that scenario, Bill Belichick will not hesitate to make the unthinkable, unpopular move.
"I do not think that Tom Brady would be the exception, the one exception to the Belichick M.O.," says Ryan.
Do you think the Patriots would trade Tom Brady and give the starting job to Jimmy Garoppolo?