The Bears will likely be in search of a new starting quarterback in 2017 after making Jay Cutler available in trade talks last month.
But if general manager Ryan Pace had Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in mind, he'll need to look elsewhere this offseason.
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
It's an interesting development as the NFL Draft Combine begins today in Indianapolis, and is sure to affect how those quarterback-needy teams like the Bears, Browns and 49ers approach their situations this week.
Garoppolo, who has one year left on his contract sitting behind Tom Brady, has been linked to the Bears this offseason. He started two games for the Patriots last season while Brady was serving his four-game suspension, and he threw for 496 and four touchdowns in wins over the Cardinals and Dolphins, and he posted those numbers despite injuring his right shoulder in the second quarter of the Miami victory.
With Garoppolo seemingly out of the picture the Bears will turn their focus toward the NFL Draft. Holders of the third overall pick, they have options in Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina), Deshaun Watson (Clemson) and DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame).