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Patriots Talk: No Trades for Jimmy G?

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Patriots Talk: No Trades for Jimmy G?

by Stephen Hilton

There was quite abit of confusion yesterday, as it was stated by Adam Schefter on Twitter that ‘league sources’ had confirmed that Jimmy Garoppolo, one of the most talked about quarterbacks on the trade block this off season… is in fact not expected to be traded by the Patriots at all.

This is unexpected considering how much the media have been hyping up Jimmy G getting traded to a QB needy team at the top of the draft this year (such as the Cleveland Browns, San Fransisco 49ers, or Chicago Bears to name a few). This is quite shocking really since it has been talked literally too death this whole season about Jimmy being a possible starter in the NFL, or could potentially be the successor to the Patriots when Brady is done and therefore shouldn’t be traded.

 

Look, whatever the case may be, does it seem possible that this was really a non-story? Or did the Patriots just decide to squash any trades because they think that having Garoppolo as a back-up to help protect an aging Tom Brady from getting more injuries is more important than draft picks? Well, shortly after Schefter tweeted that statement out, Michael Lombardi stepped in and added further onto the speculation.

Well now things just got even more confusing. Jimmy has already shown that he is atleast a ‘decent quarterback’ but saying this isn’t about increasing his trade value is ludicrous. Bill Belicheck went to Weslelyn University and majored in economics, he knows how much value he can get out of Jimmy. There are plenty of teams that still need a QB and Belicheck won’t budge unless he gets exactly what he wants out of the trade deal. He is following the simple economic philosophy of ‘buy low, sell high’ strategy. If Belicheck could get a top 15 pick in the 2017 draft from the 62nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, then that is a straight steal, and everyone knows it.

 

The reality is that the QB market is already going bone dry, especially because  Jerry Jones and Tony Romo are taking their time, Kirk Cousins has been franchise tagged already by the Washington Redskins, and Tyrod Taylor is still an unknown right now with the Buffalo Bills. The reality is that this is way simpler than most see it: the Patriots are comfortable with Jimmy G remaining the backup behind Tom Brady, however its not as if these past few months they were just focused only on keeping Jimmy, there were certainly talks with other teams for potential a trade. Belicheck more than likely felt he is fine with the current line up of picks for this year’s draft and wasn’t willing to give up Jimmy G just yet.

 

Of course, they could just keep Jimmy until his rookie contract is up, then simply go the Matt Cassell 2009 route: immediately franchise tag him, and then trade him to another team so they will take the cap hit instead and the Patriots get more picks for the upcoming draft (of course the Patriots will likely get less value next year because Jimmy’s stock will fall no matter what, if they wait it out). Or simply let Jimmy ride out the reminder of his contract and try to come to an agreement in 2018 if they feel Jimmy can be a good investment in the future (the man is still 25 years old). Overall, this situation is just a case of the Patriots feeling that Jimmy G is worth the 1st round pick, but teams are still cautious about whether Jimmy is really worth it. The Patriots decided to simply let things play out and nobody was willing to come forward with a  deal that was satisfactory in the end. That’s my two cents on the matter anyway.

 

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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