"But as it stands right now Jimmy Garoppolo (is) expected to be a Patriot for this upcoming season". But that could change.
Of course, you can either take that at face value, or you can read it as the Patriots putting it out there that if a team really wants Jimmy, don't come at New England with a BS trade offer. Nobody quite knows what that price is. Citing "someone somewhat connected to the situation", Garofolo speculated the actual cost would be a first-round pick in 2017 and another first-rounder in 2018. For Belichick and the Patriots, it's to their advantage that they are in the great position of being Super Bowl champs with no pressure on them to have to make a deal in order to acquire high draft picks so they can improve.
If two first-round picks is the right price, it's highly unlikely that the Patriots will end up sending Garoppolo packing.
"If it's a first round pick this year, say I don't know, number 12 overall and then a little sweetener next year".
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There was also the matter of potential job losses, but PSA has made the promise to "respect the existing agreements". GM has been struggling to make money in Europe for years and almost sold a majority stake the unit in 2009.
Then, we got a report today that the ante to sit at the trade table is two first-round picks. If he wants to leave New England and go somewhere he can start, he could start speaking publicly about being unhappy as a backup. Yeah possibly it could.
"What many people are missing here is that the Patriots aren't looking at this year as a deadline".
All right, it's time to take a break from Hightower Watch 2017 and catch up with more insane trade rumors about Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
We've written it a bunch and we're sticking to it: Trading a first-rounder for Garoppolo is a bad idea. But two first rounders, that's not a good deal. I think it seems more and more likely that if a deal does get done, it will be with the Browns.