Did the Patriots make a mistake by trading Jimmy Garoppolo? | The Tylt
Did the Patriots make a mistake by trading Jimmy Garoppolo?
The San Francisco 49ers only had to give up a second-round pick to get the services of a franchise quarterback. That is a steal at this point.
The New England Patriots shouldn't have traded away Garoppolo. Tom Brady is playing great right now, but he isn't getting any younger. Eventually, he will decline, and the team will have to search for a new quarterback—instead of having a superstar in the waiting like they did when Garoppolo was on the bench.
Normally, keeping a highly-coveted backup quarterback with an aging quarterback would be a smart move. However, all of that gets thrown out the window with Tom Brady.
The greatest quarterback of all time may be getting older, but his gameplay isn't declining. It's looking like Brady still has five good years left in the tank and plenty of opportunities to win championships. Keeping Garoppolo would've been a waste of an asset that fetched a valuable second-round pick for the Patriots, and the former Eastern Illinois quarterback would've been languishing on the bench without showing his talent.
New England needed to move Garoppolo before he left without getting anything back. The Patriots needed to make this trade.