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Here's why the Patriots might decide to keep backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

Here's why the Patriots might decide to keep backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Published On: Mon, Feb 13
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) before Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Thirty-nine-year-old Tom Brady, fresh off another Super Bowl MVP performance, has no plans on retiring anytime soon, and as such, it's certainly reasonable to think that the Patriots would have great interest in trading his backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, who will be in demand in the coming weeks.

Garoppolo, a 2014 second-round pick, started the first two games of the 2016 season while Brady served his Deflategate suspension, and led the Patriots to two wins. In those games, Garoppolo completed 42 of 59 attempts (71 percent) for 469 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions before getting hurt just before halftime in Week 2 against the Dolphins.

NFL.com reported last month that the Patriots would be looking for a first-round pick in exchange for Garoppolo, and possible landing spots include the Browns, 49ers and Texans.

Last week, Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot wrote that while the Browns will do their due diligence on the 2017 quarterback class, the organization "is intrigued [by Garoppolo] ... and they'll strongly consider it. The cost could be the No. 12 overall pick and more."

The Patriots have a history of flipping backups for high draft picks. Back in February 2009, coach Bill Belichick traded Matt Cassel (and veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel) to the Chiefs for the 34th overall pick. That was a few months after Cassel had started 15 games for the Patriots -- in place of an injured Brady -- and helped the Pats to 11 wins.

So it stands to reason that Belichick would do something similar with Garoppolo, especially since Brady isn't going anywhere. But TheMMQB.com's Peter King had this interesting nugget in his Monday column: "I think Jimmy Garoppolo will not be traded by New England this offseason."

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