Backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo Unlikely to Sign Extension With Patriots
Jimmy Garoppolo is dubbed as heir-apparent to Tom Brady's spot as starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. However, Garoppolo might not be around if Brady ultimately decides to retire.
Garoppolo hinted during an interview in the Patriots' OTA that he is unlikely to sign an extension with the team, saying he will keep his options open.
"I'll entertain any possibility," Garoppolo explained, per a report by NFL.com. Garoppolo is in the last year of his rookie contract and will turn unrestricted free agent after this season.
"I'm not really thinking about it too much right now. There's just so much going on with OTAs and training camp right around the corner. That's where my focus is. We'll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess," he added.
The Patriots received several offers for Garoppolo before the 2017 NFL Draft but they decided to keep the backup quarterback.
Now, the Patriots must decide whether to sign Garoppolo to a long-term extension, use the franchise tag on him or trade him during the regular season.
However, NFL Network's Mike Garofolo said it is unlikely that the Patriots will sign Garoppolo to a contract extension.
Brady's statement that he plans to play for six more years may encourage Garoppolo to test the market next season rather than waste his career being a backup.
"Obviously, I want to play," Garoppolo said. "That's just the competitor in me. I think everyone out here wants to play. And we come out here and compete every day for that opportunity. If you go out and earn it, it's yours."
Earlier, Will Brinson of CBS Sports said the Patriots retained Garoppolo in case Brady decided to make a surprise retirement after the 2017 season. Garoppolo will also serve as insurance in case Brady falters or goes down with injury.
Last season, Garoppolo started two games in place of Brady, passing for 502 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Brady served a four-game suspension in connection with the "Deflategate" scandal.
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