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What does a Super Bowl win mean for the future of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo?

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In arguably the greatest Super Bowl in its 51-year history, quarterback Tom Brady and former Cleveland Browns head coach Bill Belichick led the New England Patriots to overcome a 25-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime after scoring 31 unanswered points to end the game. While the Patriots are busy celebrating, the Browns, both their fans and the team, are busy thinking about what their team has to do in order to one day win their own Super Bowl. While that day is far down the road, if that road exists at all, one of the keys to being able to win the Super Bowl is having a franchise quarterback. Cleveland doesn’t have a franchise quarterback and hasn’t since at least 1999.

While they have either drafted or acquired players that they thought could be that guy, no one has turned into him. Officially in the NFL’s offseason, the Browns have (yet another) time to find that guy. With the 2017 draft class not filled with many top-tier quarterbacks, if any at all, the Browns best shot to find their franchise quarterback could be through a trade. A name that they have continually been linked to is Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Prior to Sunday, it was reported that Brady potentially wants to play 3-to-5 more years. While he will be 40 years old by the time the 2017 season kicks off, would the Patriots say no if he wants to return for however long he wants to play? Absolutely not. Now, what does this mean for Garoppolo?

Garoppolo hasn’t had much starting experience, but he has plenty of experience learning how to win and learning from arguably the best quarterback in NFL history in Brady, along with one of the best coaches in league history in Belichick. The 25-year-old, who signed a four-year, $3.5 million deal with the Patriots after being selected in Round 2 of the 2014 draft, will enter the final year of his contract in 2017. With his fifth ring, if Brady wants to return next season and for years to come, that will mean that the Patriots will have to give Garoppolo a big pay day in order to keep him around…as the backup quarterback. Although they would most likely love to have him be Brady’s successor, can they afford to pay their backup quarterback as much as he will ask if they know that Brady wants to continue to play? Probably not.

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Now the question is, does the Patriots Super Bowl victory give Brady a reason to retire, or will he want to continue to keep winning? He just set a record for the most passing yards in a Super Bowl and now has five rings to go along with four Super Bowl MVPs. Not a bad resume. With his best playmaker, tight end Rob Gronkowski set to return from an injury in 2017, the quarterback could quite possibly have an easier time next season. While all signs seem to point to Brady returning, if he, for some reason, decides to go out on top and retire, the Patriots aren’t giving up Garoppolo because he will be their next starting quarterback. Brady’s decision, whether he will continue to play for years to come or retire after next season, will pay huge dividends on if the Patriots are able to trade Garoppolo. If Brady wants to stick around for years to come, New England will almost be forced to get rid of Garoppolo, perhaps to acquire assets that could help open their contention window even wider, which could greatly affect the Browns.

While the price tag for acquiring Garoppolo is still a question, many believe that the Patriots will ask for at least a first-round pick, along with other selections as well. With the Browns owning the first- and 12th-overall picks in the draft, they have one of the best shots of trading for the quarterback, no matter who else is involved in the sweepstakes. Doing so would mean that in one offseason, the Browns could potentially add a game-changing defensive end in Myles Garrett and a quarterback who could be behind center and lead the offense for years to come, stepping in with NFL experience already under his belt.

With the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Browns are officially on the clock. Now the question is, will they make a move to acquire the player that could quite possibly be their franchise quarterback moving forward even before making the first selection?

  • jpftribe

    2 – 2’s and I’m in. Gotta cash in on the 1st and 12th pick this year with BPA.

  • Hopwin

    I think we’d be more likely to acquire Gronk in the off-season. He’s been hurt every season for the past… 4 now? Going back to whenever Aaron Hernandez got thrown in jail for murdering people.

    Bill doesn’t like guys he can’t count on and Gronk is the poster-child for injury-prone.

  • Natedawg86

    What if the BPA is a QB at #12 and you rate JG higher than any players at that pick. Tricky part is that he has 1 more year then becomes FA. What an ideal place for a QB to land (NE). Guy has played a handful of games and will make big bucks without proving he is a worth the money with his first contract

  • RGB

    80 days until the draft.

  • architrance

    Seems like a lot to give up… I would do that if I’m the Pats. Why would anyone trade a high first rounder for an upcoming free agent? Oh wait – Browns. In the end I think the Pats don’t get an offer like that and they hold him another season. A QB Brady’s age, no matter how great, needs a backup plan.

  • Eric G

    I imagine if they know Brady wants to keep playing, they’ll ask him to hold off on making it public to try to get the most for Garops, like they’ll really need him b/c they “don’t know.”

  • jpftribe

    It’s a legit point and if JG works out there’s no doubt it was worth the pick. I’m just trying to stay consistent with my Browns offseason theory of anything having to do with Round 1 and QB is bad. I mean, sometimes anecdotal evidence is good enough.

  • mgbode

    if JG works out there’s no doubt it was worth

    I would state it differently. If he works out, then no one will care about what the price was. But, that is different to say it was a smart move at the time given what we know (and know we don’t know) about him.

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  • Foghorn Leghorn

    1. Sitting on the bench while you “learn from the best” is not a valid argument. Ever.
    2. If the Pats will part ways with a future franchise QB on a cheap contract, he’s not any good.

    No no no no no

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  • Believelander

    DO NOT EFF BOMBING TRADE A FIRST ROUNDER FOR GARROPOLO ALL BELICHICK TRADES ARE FOOL’S GOLD THAT IS ALL.