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Tom Brady reflects on one-year anniversary of Jimmy Garoppolo trade: 'Time flies, man'

Ryan Hannable
October 30, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Patriots trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers in exchange for a second-round pick.

Speaking to ESPN's Mike Reiss late last week, Tom Brady reflected on it being one year since the deal, which was arguably the biggest decision the team had to make in the Bill Belichick era. 

"Time flies, man. It’s going so fast for all of us," he said.

Brady added:  “Jimmy has been a friend of mine since he came in, so I’ve always kept in touch with him. He got a great opportunity and I think he’s in a great place for him. We had a group -- it was Jimmy and I for a while, then Jacoby [Brissett] got added. Now it’s just Brian [Hoyer] and Danny [Etling]. I think I’m so used to guys coming and going over the years, it’s just part of the NFL, and any position. But you still have those relationships."

Despite being 41 years old, Brady hasn't changed his mindset one bit.

"I’ve always tried to take the same approach -- to do the best I can for the team and try to help us win in any way I can," he said. "I think that’s what my role and responsibilities are -- try to be a good example and try to show up every day to work consistent, dependable, so guys can trust me, and then ultimately go perform well on game day.”

As of now, trading away Garoppolo hasn't negatively impacted New England, but it is worth noting the team still doesn't appear to have a long-term plan at quarterback unless it knows something different about Danny Etling from everyone else.

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