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Garoppolo 'can't get on the plane fast enough' after trade to 49ers

Garoppolo 'can't get on the plane fast enough' after trade to 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo has wanted to be some team’s franchise quarterback long before he was drafted by the New England Patriots back in the spring of 2014. On Halloween eve, he’s been granted that opportunity. The soon to be 26-year old (his birthday is Thursday) has been dealt to San Francisco for the 49ers own 2nd round pick. The move has sent shockwaves across the NFL landscape but closer to home “surprised” the signal caller, according to a source close to him.

"Ready to roll. Can't get on a plane fast enough. He's waited for this for a long time," a source close to him said.

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Garoppolo has “long been hopeful of a trade” said the source but believed that once the season started, that window had closed until the offseason. But the Pats have clearly bought in to the idea that the 40-year old Brady can extend his career for seasons to come and thus parted ways with a valuable chip and a player highly thought of by members of the coaching staff and teammates as well

The former Eastern Illinois signal caller has never lacked for confidence, and has long believed that - given the chance - he could ascend up the QB ranks, especially after fellow draft classmates Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and others earned immediate starts with their respective organizations and - in Carr’s case - a massive contract extension this summer. Now Garoppolo, who’s slated to be a free agent at season’s end, will hurriedly ingest the San Francisco playbook in hopes of putting himself in that class. With offensive-minded Kyle Shanahan calling the shots in his first year as head coach with the Niners, he’ll be asked to do a lot. The same source telling me “this is a match made in heaven. These two are going to love each other.”

Maybe love is too strong, but this has the potential to be a longterm marriage, coincidentally with the team that the indefatigable Brady used to root for as a kid growing up in the Bay Area.

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Gronkowski moves up eight spots to 15th in NFL Network's Top 100

Gronkowski moves up eight spots to 15th in NFL Network's Top 100

Rob Gronkowski has jumped up eight spots in the NFL Network's Top 100 rankings - going from 23rd in 2017 to 15th this year.

Gronkowski was limited to eight games and 25 catches because of back surgery in 2016. The five-time Pro Bowl selection played in 14 games last season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season and 16 catches, three for TDs, in three postseason games. 

Players ranked 11th through 20th were revealed Monday night. 

Gronk is the first Patriot and highest-ranked tight end in the 2018 Top 100, which is voted on by players. Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce checked in at No. 24.

They'll probably be a Patriot quarterback somewhere in the top 10 when it's revealed next week. There was one ranked No. 1 last year.  

Cooks thanks Patriots for AFC championship ring in Instagram post

Cooks thanks Patriots for AFC championship ring in Instagram post

While Brandin Cooks' tenure with the Patriots was a short one, he's still "forever grateful" for his opportunity to play in New England.

The wide receiver thanked the Patriots while showing off his AFC championship ring in an Instagram post.

Cooks was huge in the AFC Championship Game, racking up six receptions for 100 yards in the Patriots' 24-20 victory over the Jaguars.

The Pats traded Cooks to the Rams in April in a package that sent a first-round draft pick to New England, which turned into offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn.

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