Garoppolo on trade speculation: 'We'll cross that bridge when we get there'


Garoppolo on trade speculation: 'We'll cross that bridge when we get there'

HOUSTON -- Jimmy Garoppolo knows there's a chance that Super Bowl LI will be his last time playing in a Patriots uniform. There's no way he couldn't. He's been peppered with questions this week about that very possibility. 


"Well, to be honest, I really haven’t thought about it much," Garoppolo said Wednesday. "It’s kind of . . . not even in the back of my mind. We’re focused on the Falcons this week. It’s a big week for us, biggest of the year, so that’s kind of where my mind is."

Garoppolo may be focused on learning the Patriots game plan for Atlanta's young and athletic defense. He may be ready to take over as scout-team quarterback when third-stringer Jacoby Brissett isn't doing his best Matt Ryan impersonation.

But the fact remains, Tom Brady's primary backup has been the subject of a handful of trade rumors this week. 

It was reported by Mary Kay Cabot of earlier this week that the Browns will be interested in dealing for Garoppolo if they don't like this year's quarterback draft class. There have also been rumblings that the Bears and 49ers could be interested in the pride of Eastern Illinois.

For Garoppolo, it has to be somewhat of an odd situation. Not only does he have to be ready to quarterback the Patriots in the Super Bowl at the drop of a hat, but he's spending portions of this week being asked to predict his future and opine on organizations he doesn't know.

He's done his best to keep his focus on the task at hand, though, and if he needs advice on the business end of things he knows he can turn to agent Don Yee who's stoicism was detailed in this piece from Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran

However Garoppolo navigates a week wrought with impossible-to-ignore queries on his future, what's important to him first and foremost is to be ready for Sunday. He knows he's one play away from the Patriots needing him.

"I’m sure we’ll cross that bridge when we get there," he said of the trade speculation that's followed him, "but now we don’t even glance an eye at it."

Report: Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

Report: Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

The Patriots reportedly have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders.

Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal confirmed Patterson is in fact on his way to New England.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.

More to come...


Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

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Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.

Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.

It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport. 

It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.

If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.