Jimmy Garoppolo to Become a Direct Rival of Tom Brady After Years of Being a Backup to Him, Reveals NFL Insider Ian Rapoport

Published 06/29/2022, 3:05 AM EDT
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after winning the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers beat the Packers 37-20. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jimmy Garoppolo was the backup to Tom Brady for the New England Patriots. Now they might become fierce rivals as Jimmy G could head into the same division as Brady.

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During his appearance on the Pat McAfee Show, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport revealed that the Carolina Panthers are likely the only team interested in Garoppolo. Jimmy G recently had shoulder surgery and is currently recovering from it.

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Ian Rapoport said, “The only team right now who seems to want to be in the QB mix is the Carolina Panthers.” He also revealed that Garoppolo’s recovery period would affect his trade market.

Ian Rapoport believes if an injury happens to a quarterback of any team, then Jimmy G’s demand will increase. As a result, the San Francisco 49ers will have good leverage over it. The 49ers can also get some good assets in return for trading Garoppolo.

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On the other hand, if the Carolina Panthers are serious about pursuing Jimmy Garoppolo, they’ll need to take care of some things. Jimmy G is likely to start throwing in two weeks. He hasn’t thrown for four months due to his shoulder surgery. If the Panthers want to make him their starting quarterback, they’ll need him to be 100% healthy.

Can the Panthers, with Jimmy Garoppolo, contend against Brady and the Bucs?

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If the Carolina Panthers can bring in Jimmy Garoppolo from the San Francisco 49ers, it’ll be a move in the right direction. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll instantly become the best team in their division.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Buccaneers defeated the Jets 28-24. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jimmy G will go up against Tom Brady. The two former Patriots quarterbacks will line up against each other in the same division. Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a far better situation than the Panthers.

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The Panthers will have the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo and Christian McCaffrey leading their attack. However, that won’t be enough against the Bucs. Tom Brady is determined to win another Super Bowl. As a result, the teams in Brady’s division should be well prepared for him.

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has been a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Liverpool FC. But when it comes to the NFL, you can always see him rooting for his favorite superstar Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Edited By: Deepika Bhaduri

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