The Patriots aren't shopping Jimmy Garoppolo, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports, which will be a disappointment to teams in need of a quarterback.
In a move that will have a ripple effect on all QB-needy teams, Patriots are not expected to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2017
Though it probably will, this news shouldn't come as much of a surprise. As CSN's Tom E. Curran reported last week, the Patriots would "need to be bowled over" by a trade offer. "There is no for-sale sign draped around that beautiful little neck of Jimmy's," Curran told Tom Giles on Sportsnet Central, saying that unless the Pats are overwhelmed in a trade "they're not going to move Jimmy Garoppolo."
On an appearance on WEEI later Wednesday, Schefter doubled, and tripled, down on his earlier tweet.
"This is nothing about smoke, this is nothing about leverage, this is nothing about them not getting the price they wanted, Schefter said. "This is about one thing, plain and simple: They really like Jimmy Garoppolo, and they don't want to get rid of Jimmy Garoppolo. And they think good young quarterbacks in this league are tough to come by . . . And, again, Tom Brady is 40 years old. He's been able to do it for a really long time . . . but who knows how much longer he's going to play for?"
What about if the Patriots get an overwhelming offer? Schefter was adamant, saying Garoppolo would be a Patriot in 2017.
"It's just not going to happen . . . Again, I'm telling you that they're not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo . . . They're not going to trade him.
"I'm just telling you that Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be on the Patriots in 2017. No matter who calls, no matter what anybody offers. He's going to be on the roster this summer."