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With the results of the first night of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots became more prone to hanging onto quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Why? And what exactly does that mean?

On Thursday night, three teams, including the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans, all paid very larges prices to move up in the draft to select a quarterback in the first round. The Chiefs and Texans each gave up 2017 and 2018 first-round picks and more to get their signal-callers, while the Bears dealt this year’s first-round pick as well as four picks in this year’s and next year’s draft.

Currently, it is unlikely that a team would trade for Jimmy G without any guarantees or commitments that he could stay long-term. So, the 25-year-old would be better off waiting a year to where he could possibly choose his next landing spot.

On the other hand, there are also many other options that could happen next year when Garoppolo is scheduled for unrestricted free agency. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, he could sign somewhere else as a free agent; he could receive the franchise tag with the Patriots and stay another year; he could receive the franchise tag and then be traded; or he can sign an extension in New England.

Many factors go into Garoppolo’s future, including the level of play from Tom Brady and Jacoby Brisset in the coming seasons, but we now know that teams will go to great lengths to acquire their new franchise signal-caller.

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Megan Carnahan 4/28/2017 11:03:00 AM Edit
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