Tom Brady is still suspended for the New England Patriots due to his involvement in the “Deflategate” controversy. However, the Patriots have played well in his absence going 2-0 thus far this season. NFL rumors state that the Patriots will try to trade current starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo when Brady returns in Week 5.
There are reports in New England that Garoppolo can serve as Tom Brady’s successor for the Patriots. But there is also a big chance that New England trades Garoppolo since Brady is signed until the 2019 season.
“If the Patriots want Garoppolo to succeed Brady, he proved over the last two games that he can. But now comes the tricky part,” Ryan Hannable stated via WEEI.com.
“Garoppolo is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2017 season. Brady’s contract expires after the 2019 season when he is 42 years old. With Garoppolo’s success comes the possibility of the Patriots being able to get quite a bit in return for him if they trade him after this season.”
Hannable stated that the last two games for Garoppolo is a clear answer on the question on how ready the young quarterback is for the starting role. However, if Brady returns, then Garoppolo will lose his spot and will again return to the backup role.
Garoppolo might be too expensive for the Patriots when he hits free agency after the 2017 season. Brady will be paid $44 million in the 2018 and 2019 season. Garoppolo will be paid $1.1 million in the 2017 season.
A number of NFL teams need a starting quarterback, so Jimmy Garoppolo’s name will be a hot name in the NFL rumors section when Tom Brady returns as a starter for the Patriots.
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