Where will Jimmy Garoppolo play next season? Chicago? San Francisco? Cleveland?
One longtime NFL reporter’s money is on New England.
Citing chatter from inside the Patriots’ organization around the time of Super Bowl LI, ESPN’s Ed Werder said he does not expect the Patriots to trade Garoppolo, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Last season, his third since being chosen in the second round of the 2014 draft, Garoppolo got the only two starts of his NFL career to this point.
While filling in for the suspended Tom Brady, he led the Patriots to a come-from-behind Week 1 victory over the Cardinals in which he completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards with a touchdown. He then completed 18 of 26 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns in two quarters against the Dolphins before suffering a shoulder injury.
Should the Patriots trade Garoppolo, it is believed they would be able to fetch a first-round draft pick in exchange for his services. The last quarterback traded for a first-round pick was Sam Bradford, who was shipped from the Eagles to the Vikings eight days before the 2016 season.