BOSTON (CBS) — The NFL Draft will get underway Thursday night, but it seems like the day will be dominated by Jimmy Garoppolo trade talk. And in the latest report, the Patriots are not alone in their reported pursuit of Jimmy G.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, multiple teams are expected to reach out to the 49ers regarding a Garoppolo swap on Thursday.READ MORE: Patriots Are Home Underdogs Four Times In 2021 Season
“My understanding is you can anticipate multiple teams to be checking in with the 49ers today about a potential trade for Garoppolo. One logical team that has been connected to this for a while is Garoppolo’s original team, the New England Patriots,” Pelissero said on Thursday’s Good Morning Football. “But the wheels are not in motion on anything just yet. And there is one big complicating factor here. Garoppolo has a no-trade clause that just kicked in last month. So in essence, Garoppolo could scuttle any deal by not agreeing to a restructured contract on the one that is currently due to pay him $25.5 million in 2021.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network later reported that San Francisco has no plans to trade Garoppolo “unless the value overwhelms them.” That may just be the 49ers trying to use the sliver of leverage they have in these trade talks.READ MORE: Report: Patriots Spent All Of Last Season Talking About Tom Brady
NESN’s Dale Arnold reported Wednesday night that the Patriots were working on a new contract for Garoppolo, who is signed for two more years. But The Athletic’s Jeff Howe quickly shot that down, saying two sources told him that there was nothing happening between the Patriots and the quarterback “at this time.”
That was 12 long hours ago though, so something could be cooking this morning. And despite what we heard just a day ago — that it was New England or nothing for Garoppolo — it doesn’t sound the Patriots will be the only cooks in that kitchen.MORE NEWS: Jalen Mills Switching To A Single Digit Jersey With Patriots