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Who Will The New England Patriots Bring In At Quarterback?

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Last season was the first in New England for many years without Tom Brady as their starting quarterback. His absence was keenly felt.

While Brady was leading his new team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a second Superbowl victory on home soil, his replacement Cam Newton struggled in what was a very ordinary Patriots offense. They finished third with a 7-9 record in the AFC East, a division they have dominated since the turn of the century.

With Cam Newton now a Free Agent and seeking a future elsewhere and backup Brian Hoyer also seemingly on his way, there has been a lot of talk about who the new quarterback in New England will be.

And speculation is rising that it could be San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (pictured) could be the man that Bill Belichick and his team move for.

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Garoppolo’s Future In San Francisco

There has been some talk that with Garoppolo set to count around $26.4 million towards their salary cap next season, that the 49ers could part ways with the quarterback.

In a twist of fate, San Francisco originally signed Garoppolo from New England after he failed to dislodge Tom Brady as the starter in Foxboro.

Could the quarterback now make the return journey just a few years later to be Brady’s long-term successor in Massachusetts?

Having missed out already on Matthew Stafford (who joined the Rams from the Lions) and Carson Wentz (who moves from the Eagles to the Indianapolis Colts) and with the potential price for Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson likely to be very high, the Pats options for next season are diminishing.

In his four years with the 49ers, Garoppolo has only played one full season. That was in 2019, when he was a key part of the team that lost in the SuperBowl to the Kansas City Chiefs that year. He has missed 23 games over that period.

His durability therefore would be a concern for the Patriots, who have found similar issues a hindrance with Cam Newton. Garoppolo missed most of the 2018 with a torn ACL and last season missed ten games due to a high right ankle sprain.

Durability V Ability

While issues regarding Garoppolo’s durability may be a chief concern for the Patriots, 49ers or indeed any other team interested in the quarterback, there are also question marks about Garoppolo’s ability.

These stem back to his second half display against the Kansas City Chiefs in Superbowl LIV, when the 49ers went from a winning position, to a losing one largely due to their offense’s inability to get anything going against the Chiefs defense.

Garropolo had question marks about him at the highest levels after that game and after an injury hit 2020 season, he has not done anything to dispel those rumours.

Watson’s Future Key To Developments?

Another factor in any potential trade could be the future of Texans wantaway quarterback DeShaun

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Watson. With a number of teams believed to be ready to make a bumper trade with the Texans to secure Watson (Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers to name but three) where Watson eventually ends up could well determine whether the Patriots move for Garoppolo or not.

What is clear is that with no recognised starter set to be in Patriots’ uniform ahead of the new season, the Patriots backroom team need to get to work on bringing in someone to fill that void.

Whether that is Garoppolo, or maybe another quarterback or even potentially taking a quarterback in the forthcoming NFL Draft remains to be seen.

There are some convincing reasons why Garoppolo would be a good fit in New England. The problem is that there are an equal number of reasons why he would not be the ideal choice.

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