The Patriots' tumultuous offseason, which had finally seemed to calm a bit, shifted back into overdrive late Thursday night when the Boston Herald's Ron Borges, citing sources, reported that Tom Brady was envious of the record-setting contract signed by his former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, and might sit out all organized offseason team activities if his own deal wasn't renegotiated to include similar up-front money to what Garoppolo received in San Francisco.
NBC Sports Boston's Patriots insider Tom E. Curran quickly shot down the notion that Brady would sit out OTAs.
Curran said on Boston Sports Tonight that the report he received conflicted completely with Borges. He went on to add that his source is rock solid.
Of course, it was because the Brady holdout story was a hoax.
A WEEI caller “Nick in Boston” said on the air this morning that he pretended to be Don Yee, the agent for both Brady and Garoppolo and fooled Borges into thinking the Brady holdout scenario was for real. The Herald has since taken down the story down from its website, Borges has been suspended and the Herald issued this statement apologizing for the false story.
A column by Ron Borges in today’s Herald regarding Patriot Tom Brady’s salary discussions was based on information which proved to be false. The Herald apologizes to Brady, his agent Don Yee and the Patriots, and to our readers for this erroneous report. Borges’ column has been suspended pending further review.
Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.4 million deal with $74 million guaranteed.
According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers are completing a new contract that will make him the highest-paid player in the league.
Garoppolo's status as highest-paid could soon change with Kirk Cousins' next contract. Still, the $27.5 million his contract will earn him on average is nearly double Tom Brady's $14 million salary for next season.
After the Patriots traded the quarterback for a second-round pick, Garoppolo established himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league with an impressive five-start run to the end the season. Garoppolo stepped in on a one-win San Francisco team and won all five of his starts, throwing seven touchdowns and rushing for another.
Jimmy Garoppolo is sitting at home during this year's playoffs, but he's still getting paid.
For the first time in his pro career, Garoppolo will miss out on the postseason, yet if the Patriots stay alive -- as they did Saturday night in the Divisional Round against the Titans -- he'll watch his bank account get a little boost.
As Joel Corry pointed out on CBSSports.com earlier this month, if the Patriots win the Super Bowl, Garoppolo will pull in $163,000 even though he's now with the Niners. Because Garoppolo was with the Patriots for eight games before being traded to the NFC, he's eligible for a full playoff share. (That means former Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh, nine games with the Patriots before being released, is also eligible.)
When the Patriots beat the Titans, Garoppolo picked up an extra $51,000 paid to players whose teams make the conference title game. If the Patriots get to the Super Bowl and win, Garoppolo will get $112,000. If they get to Minnesota and lose, he'll still make $56,000.
Sure, it won't be the kind of bump he receives this offseason. But for watching the games on TV? Not a bad gig if you can get it.