NFL Draft 2021: New England Patriots Looking to Trade Up or Sign Jimmy Garoppolo

Published 03/27/2021, 6:03 PM EDT
September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warms up before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The future of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is up in smoke at the moment. The NFC West franchise traded up in order to acquire the 3rd overall pick from Miami Dolphins at the 2021 NFL Draft.

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They had to give up three 1st-round picks and a 3rd-round pick in order to get what they wanted.

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) attempts a pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

One can’t help but wonder who the Niners are going to bring in. It’s very easy to guess that it’s going to be one of the young quarterbacks available in round one. Our money is on Ohio State product, Justin Fields.

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But amidst all this commotion, we also wonder what might be going on in the mind of Jimmy G this weekend.

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Will Jimmy Garoppolo return to New England in the coming months?

A report from The Athletic NFL journalist Jeff Howe mentions in detail how the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots remain keen on a potential Jimmy Garoppolo reunion.

The 29-year-old had a tough season with the 49ers in 2020. He featured in just 6 games, throwing for 1,000+ yards, with 7 passing TDs, and 5 interceptions.

Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

He spent 3 years in Boston before moving to San Francisco to play under the tutelage of Kyle Shanahan. Jimmy G played backup to the legendary Tom Brady during two Super Bowl runs.

He is well-versed with the offensive playbook of the Patriots and regarded as a ‘system quarterback’, someone that coach Belichick likes to work with.

But if he does return to Foxborough, there’s no guarantee he’ll be a starter due to the presence of 2015 NFL MVP, Cam Newton.

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But the report further adds that the Patriots are more likely going to trade up and draft a young quarterback. The front-runner on that list is Alabama Crimson Tide Football quarterback, Mac Jones.

The 22-year-old threw for 4,500 yards with 41 passing TDs as Alabama won their 6th National Championship title under the tutelage of Nick Saban.

If the Patriots manage to trade up and Jones is still available, expect him to board the fastest plane to Massachusetts in the first week of May.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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