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Adam Schefter explains how Patriots only got 2nd-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo

Ryan Hannable
January 02, 2018 - 4:23 pm

Now that the 2017 regular season is over and Jimmy Garoppolo went 5-0 in his starts with the 49ers, many in New England are wondering why the Patriots only got a 2018 second-round pick in return, which will be either No. 41 or 42 overall.

Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter said there really wasn't much of a negotiation between the two sides and added the Patriots now have long-term questions at the quarterback position.

“Well, I think that is a complicated question, but basically you have a situation there where ultimately in the end this was not a negotiation," he said. "This was not something where the Patriots went back-and-forth with San Francisco — ‘OK, San Francisco, if you don’t give us what we want then we are going to go to Cleveland,’ which would have paid whatever it took to get Jimmy Garoppolo. Look, they were willing to give up a two and a three (round pick) for A.J. McCarron, so what is Jimmy Garoppolo worth? I think they woke up that morning, that Monday morning, the day before the trade deadline on Oct. 30 and made the decision, however they did, that they were going to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. I believe it was as simple as a simple phone call to the Bay Area. ‘Do you want Jimmy Garoppolo? Yeah, OK, it’s a two. OK, end of trade discussion. Deal agreed to. Let’s work it out. Let’s let the appropriate people know.’

"I don’t think it was something they wanted to do, I think it was something they felt like they had to do. Jimmy Garoppolo to me is already a top-10 quarterback, one of the best players in the league, and with him there in San Francisco, the 49ers are set for a long time, and I think the Patriots have questions long-term now without Garoppolo in the fold now.”

Schefter also explained why the Patriots didn't entertain offers from the Browns.

“I do not believe this was a personal vendetta - ‘Cleveland fired me, I am not going to trade my guy to Cleveland,'" Schefter said, referring to Belichick's mindset. "I do think the relationship and the belief and trust that Bill Belichick had in John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan played a part where when they know that they are going to trade him, we want to put him in a spot, because we like this guy, where we believe he is going to thrive. Out of our conference, away from our division, and we’re going to put him in a spot where we think he’s with good people who give him a chance.

"Look, they could have traded him to Cleveland. Since then, Cleveland has fired its GM, brought in a new GM, have questions about its coach. They weren’t sending him to a spot they didn’t trust in the same conference. Let’s send him out West, 3,000 miles away. Love John Lynch, great man. Respect Kyle Shanahan, great play-caller. Jimmy has a chance to survive and thrive there. That’s a big part of it, I think. It was hand-picked there.”

Garoppolo is now a free agent and either the 49ers will place the franchise tag on him, or sign him to a long-term contract.

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