Tom Brady just won his fifth Super Bowl title and there are already reports that the New England Patriots quarterback is expected to play for another three to five seasons. The move to extend Brady means that Jimmy Garoppolo’s time in New England is almost over.
Garoppolo’s name has been included in many trade speculations. The 25-year-old played well for the Patriots when Brady was out earlier in the season. Brady was suspended due to the “Deflategate” controversy and missed the first four games of the 2016 regular season.
Extension as reward for Tom Brady
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com first reported the plans of the Patriots to extend Brady and give him a new contract. After a record-breaking Super Bowl and comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons, it’s easy to see why New England wants to reward their franchise quarterback.
“#Patriots will look to extend QB Tom Brady next offseason, source says. Clear indication they believe his proclamation to play into his 40s,” Rapoport stated via Twitter.
Garoppolo has been linked to a number of teams during the season. The Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears are possible next team’s for the Patriots back-up QB. The Browns have Robert Griffin III and the Bears have Jay Cutler under contract. But, those teams are looking for a new player to lead them under center next season.
No chance for Garoppolo in New England
Brady signed a two-year deal worth $41 million extension in February 2016, which means he’s signed until the 2019 season. With bonuses, the total salary is worth around $60 million. A new contract extension can be agreed upon by the star QB and the Patriots if they want to extend the partnership beyond that year.
Brady will be turning 40 this August. If he signs an extension worth five years, he could possibly be playing until his mid-40s.
In just 12 games in the 2016 regular season, Brady registered 3,554 passing yards on 291 of 432 passes with 28 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He had a record-breaking Super Bowl game when he logged 466 passing yards, 43 of 62 passes with two TDs and an interception in the championship game.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Garoppolo will never get his chance to prove he can be a starter for the Patriots with Brady around. The backup QB logged 496 passing yards with four touchdowns in two games starting for the Patriots.
There is worry that Garoppolo is not ready for a full time starting role with another team. But, that won’t be known until he is traded to another squad or released by the Patriots.
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