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As for the Patriots and Belichick, let’s not let them off the hook. They’re setting themselves up to lose Garoppolo as an unrestricted free agent next year with little if any compensation.
Yes, Brady turns 40 in August. But he’s playing great, and given his training and nutrition regimen, it appears he can play for several more years at this level. That’s his stated goal.
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New England could franchise tag Garoppolo next offseason and try to trade him, as they did with Matt Cassel in 2009, when they sent the QB and linebacker Mike Vrabel to Kansas City for a second-round pick. But the rest of the league would know the Patriots can’t keep Garoppolo at a $20 million or so franchise number with Brady still in place.
So Garoppolo’s trade value will be far below what it was last week on draft day. There’s a chance the Patriots could wind up letting him walk in free agency rather than carrying him for a limited time on their cap at the franchise amount.
A solid No. 2 quarterback is always important, and it’s nice to have a backup of Garoppolo’s quality. But not at the expense of giving up a boat load of high future draft choices.
Kevin King, CB, Washington: King is a long corner at 6-3, 200 pounds who can line up on an island, slide inside over the slot as a nickel corner or even play safety if a team needs him to. He was a three-year starter at Washington and could step into a starting role at the next level.