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Adam Schefter: Some within Patriots organization regret trading Jimmy Garoppolo

Ryan Hannable
September 04, 2018 - 10:15 am

Jimmy Garoppolo was traded last October and still it is one of the bigger topics of conversation surrounding the Patriots.

Appearing on the Woj Pod to promote his new book, ESPN's Adam Schefter discussed the trade and acknowledged there are some within the Patriots organization who regret dealing Garoppolo, but in the end given the situation with Tom Brady and Garoppolo's contract, it had to be done.

“I’m sure there is some [regret]," Schefter said. "Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be a top quarterback in this league for the next decade or so. You don’t want to let a guy like that go when Tom Brady is at the tail end of his career. In a perfect world you get to hold on to both guys and when Brady decides to walk away, Garoppolo is ready to step in and assume the throne. But, it didn’t work out like that for a variety of reasons -- Jimmy’s contract was coming up, Tom is not ready to quit playing just yet, and people say that timing in life is a lot, and in this particular case it was. Because if Tom had decided a year ago that I am done, maybe they would have been able keep Garoppolo, sign him to a long-term extension. If his contract weren’t coming up at that point, maybe they could have held on to him for another year without losing him.

"But, for whatever reason there was a 180 within the organization going from where they weren’t going to deal him, and were determined they weren’t going to deal him, to all of a sudden rushing to trade him right before the trade deadline last year on Halloween. It happened very quickly, very suddenly and yeah, I think there are people that definitely would not want him traded, but that was the circumstance and situation that they were in at that point in time.”

Schefter said the Patriots held on to him as long as they could, but they just couldn't beyond the trade deadline last year.

“They did what they could and they took it as far as they could," he said. "They would have liked to have taken it further, but the circumstances were such that basically it had run its course. You can’t pay both quarterbacks at the end of the year. It’s just not going to work. I think that is what they ultimately realized. In the end, as much as they would have liked to keep Jimmy G, as much as people there would have liked to have kept Jimmy G.”

Garoppolo signed a mega-deal with the 49ers this offseason, while Brady still is only under contract until the end of next season.

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