Patriots Talk: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo Says He Would Entertain Idea Of Signing A Contract Extension With The New England Patriots
There has been a lot of discussion into what will happen with Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Some of the talk has been revolved around a potential trade of the backup, but that notion has been struck down repeatedly by the likes of ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Other discussions have been circling around how long it will take till Tom Brady retires and Garoppolo takes over. But for that to work some sort of deal would have to be worked out between the Patriots and Jimmy.
When asked after the first minicamp session of the year on Tuesday, Garoppolo seemed very open to potentially signing an extension in New England.
“I’d entertain any possibility,” Garoppolo told reporters after Tuesday’s minicamp session. “I’m really not thinking about too much right now. There’s just so much going on with OTAs and training camp is right around the corner. That’s where my focus is, and we’ll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess.”
Garoppolo was asked about the struggles of sitting on the bench and watching Brady play, but he didn’t take the bait.
“Obviously I want to play. That’s the competitor in me. I think everyone out here wants to play. And we come out here and compete every day for that opportunity. If you go out there and earn it, it’s yours.”
Garoppolo also addressed for the first time his Instagram post from March, which was the result of a hack and had the caption: “So grateful for my time in New England. Peace out Boston.”
“I was as surprised as you were,” Garoppolo said. “Woke up to about 50 text messages, was confused because I don’t really do much on social media. Yeah, got it taken care of and everything. Whoever did it was pretty slick to figure out my password like that.”
One key takeaway from Jimmy’s media session is how much he likes being here in New England and how he doesn’t seem to want to leave the Patriots anytime soon.
“A very fortunate situation,” said Garoppolo. “To come into a place, get drafted here, there’s just good people all around the building, from support staff to the lunch ladies and everything. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s just a good group of people. It rubs off on everybody.”
Garroppolo is a smart person as evident by his logic of having to earn the starter role with the Patriots and he illustrated how competitive it gets between the three quarterbacks.
“It’s awesome,” he said of the QB room, including Jacoby Brissett in the mix. “It’s very competitive, I’ll say that. Whatever it is, arguments break out and it gets competitive. That’s how quarterbacks are I guess. It’s great being around them. Nothing is going to be given to you, especially here. If you’re going to be the starter, you’re going to have to earn it.”