Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports

Bill Belichick addresses why Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo

Ryan Hannable
October 31, 2017 - 11:56 am

The Patriots and Bill Belichick made one of the biggest player decisions they will make in several years on Monday by trading Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick.

On Tuesday, Belichick addressed the move on a conference call.

Clearly, he has a great amount of respect for Garoppolo and genuinely liked him as a player, the Patriots simply couldn't buy themselves any more time with having both he and Tom Brady on the roster after this season with Garoppolo being a free agent.

The coach gave a statement, but would not answer any follow ups on the subject.

“We’ve completed trade papers with San Francisco," Belichick said. "I’ll make a couple of comments on this situation. First of all, I have tremendous amount of respect for Jimmy. I couldn’t have asked for him to give any more than he has given us. The 49ers are getting a good player and they are getting a good person and they are getting a great teammate, and they are getting a good quarterback. And Jimmy is getting a good coach. 

“His career is moving forward. He’s a talented individual. He was a great person to coach. I met with him weekly and again, have a tremendous amount of respect for him. As his career moves forward we have to look to our team — both this year and beyond. That is the direction we have to take.

“We probably had the best quarterback situation in the league for the last, call it 2 1/2 years. It’s just not sustainable, given the way things are set up. It’s definitely not something we wanted to walk away from, and I felt like we rode it out as long as we could. Over a period of time we explored every option, every possibility to try and sustain it, but just at this point felt like we had to make a decision. 

“It’s a very complex situation on multiple levels and this is really the last window that we had and we did what we felt was best for the team. There were many things involved in this whole process, and again, on a number of levels -- way too many to get into at this time. I’m definitely not going to get into any conversations that took place regarding the trade or with the player. This is a decision involving Jimmy and some form of a decision that has been looming for the last couple of years. 

“I’m sure a lot of you have questions that are fair, but again, to try and put the whole puzzle together, and there are so many different points in time that would and could change the entire conversation that it is just a too complicated of a process and too unique to get into in-depth. I am not going to answer questions about the transaction and all the follow-ups that would be coming with them, which are fair questions, it’s just not possible.”

Comments ()