Jimmy Garoppolo was for a long time viewed as the successor to a legend. That path was initially derailed when he was traded to San Francisco in 2017, but could it pick back up again in 2021? What if, instead of being ‘the next guy’ after Tom Brady, he was tasked with filling the shoes of Drew Brees?
That’s an option our own Tony Massarotti believes is in play ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. “I think that New Orleans has Garoppolo on the back burner,” Mazz said to kick off Thursday’s episode of Felger & Mazz.
One of the biggest road blocks to any team trading for Jimmy Garoppolo right now is his contract, which carries a $26.3 million dollar cap hit this year, then a $27 million hit next year. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who are hours away from officially adding Trevor Lawrence to their roster, are the only team who could currently afford Garoppolo without a restructure or other ancillary moves.
Many have believed the Patriots are perfectly positioned to negotiate with Garoppolo, given the history between the two sides. But as Mazz points out, “the Patriots may not be the only team that has that sort of access to Garoppolo or his camp.”
What makes the Saints an partner to negotiate with Jimmy G? It starts with their coach. As Mazz mentions, Garoppolo and Sean Payton are both are represented by Don Yee (who also happens to represent Tom Brady). In addition, the two share an alma mater. Both Garoppolo and Payton played quarterback at Eastern Illinois.
It could also come down to future plans. “I think one of the things that is of concern to Garoppolo is being in the exact same spot he’s in right now, next year,” Mazz says.
If the Patriots move up in the draft and select a quarterback, it could cause Garoppolo to consider evoking his no-trade clause to New England. New Orleans, currently slated to pick 28th overall, isn’t as likely to land an elite quarterback prospect that could push Garoppolo for the starting job in the coming years.
You can listen to the full conversation about Garoppolo’s future from the opening segment of Felger & Mazz below.
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