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Bill Belichick on DHK confirms Patriots had no interest in trading Jimmy Garoppolo last April

Ryan Hannable
November 06, 2017 - 6:26 pm

Over the last year or so there have been plenty of rumors surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo and if and when he would be traded. These rumors picked up around the draft and then again last week after he was dealt to the 49ers.

Garoppolo was traded for a 2018 second-round pick, but many wondered if the Patriots could have received more in return?

On Dale & Holley with Keefe on Monday, Bill Belichick was asked directly if his value was higher last April or last week, and in the answer Belichick confirmed the rumors that had been circulated last week: The Patriots had no intention of trading Garoppolo last offseason.

“That is a tough question. I don’t know. I really don’t know," he said. "There was no market to trade Jimmy in April, on our end. I don’t really care what the offer was. I don’t even know what the offers were, or would have been. There was no interest on our end in making that deal. It didn’t really matter what the offer was, or what the offer would have been. I don’t really know what they were because we never entertained it.

"As I said, we had the best depth at that position probably of any team in the league, or at least we felt like we did. Maybe other teams felt different, I don’t know. We had great depth at that position. It was a tremendous situation to have to quarterback of the caliber we’ve had the past call it two and a half years from when Jimmy was ready. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t sustainable.”

So why did he get traded last week?

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that we could all see that at some point this road was going to end," Belichick said. "How and at what time, I mean there was some variance in that, but in the end what I said about it last week is that is what it was. I don’t have anything to add to that. Nothing new has happened since then.”