On Thursday, February 2nd, Jason La Canfora of cbssports.com reported that the Chicago Bears will make a “strong, concerted effort” to land the former Eastern Illinois product and current New England Patriots QB via trade. Jimmy Garopollo’s name has come up throughout the entire 2016 NFL season pertaining to his trade value come offseason.
Garopollo played exceptional in relief of future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady, while Brady served a four game suspension to start off the season. He finished the season with 63 pass attempts and an incredible 68.3 completion percentage.
Although it does seem like Déjà vu coming off last offseason when the Texans made the regrettable decision to sign a quarterback with a small sample size in Brock Osweiler to a $72 million dollar deal, this situation appears to be different. Osweiler filled in for the aging quarterback in Peyton Manning while he was banged up. Yes, he looked OK at times, but he was merely a “Game-Manager” for a team that had one of the best defenses we’ve seen in the Super Bowl era.
Garopollo, on the other hand, was more than that. He played very well in the preseason and when called upon in the regular season was electric on the field and made passes that a 10 year vet would make. He’s more athletic than some would assume and has great poise in the pocket. Nothing seemed to faze the 3rd year pro and the stage didn’t seem too big.
Nevertheless, it has still been an incredibly small sample size and the Bears would be making a gamble that would cost a lot of jobs in the organization if the situation went poorly. Not only will they be taking a gamble on the player, but he wouldn’t be joining the team as a Free Agent. Garopollo is still on his rookie deal with the Patriots and is under contract through 2017 so the Bears will have to offer up a few draft picks to trade for him because I cannot imagine the team surrendering their 3rd overall pick in the 2017 draft.
In the past, teams like the Bengals and the Raiders managed to find an impact player in the top ten of the 1st round, A.J. Green(CIN) and Khalil Mack(OAK), and snag a quarterback in the 2nd round, Andy Dalton(CIN) and Derek Carr(OAK). However, I don’t see this scenario possible for the Bears considering the top 3 quarterbacks will most likely go in the first round and the remaining quarterbacks don’t seem to be worth taking that high in the 2nd round.
Trading for Jimmy Garopollo is one of the best options for the Bears this offseason and I expect the organization to make a strong push for him.
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