The NFL rumors are already flying and the Super Bowl hasn’t even been played yet. The Bears have been mentioned in the Jimmy Garoppolo discussion, but is he outside of their reach?
It looks like there will be two names floating around for almost every team in need of a quarterback. Both Jimmy Garoppolo and Tony Romo will most likely have new teams when training camp rolls around. The Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots will have some big decisions to make regarding their quarterbacks later this offseason.
For now, it’s fun to keep up with all the so-called “reports” coming out, and the team in the windy city was linked to one of the names above on Thursday afternoon.
By now, everyone knows and for the most part, understands that the Bears need a quarterback. Who better than the hometown kid Jimmy G? Sure, Garoppolo’s sample size is a small one (just two and half games), but still impressive none the less.
What’s it gonna take to get Garoppolo? That’s the million dollar question right now.
The Bears aren’t going to give up the number three overall pick, that is certain. However, they do have several picks in second, third and fourth round that could get the Patriots attention. Trading Garoppolo out of the AFC would also make a lot of sense for the team that’s been to seven Super Bowls with their current starting quarterback.
There is no doubt that the Bears are a serious contender for Garoppolo, but at what cost? It was rumored that the Patriots were looking for a first round pick in exchange for the former Eastern Illinois star. Most executives around the league don’t believe they will get that, but don’t count it out for one reason: The Cleveland Browns.
It was reported that the Browns were “strongly considering” Garoppolo and planned to make a run at him after the Super Bowl. The Browns have a history of making very, very bad moves. This could be another considering they have the number one and 12th overall pick in the first round in the upcoming draft in April.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Patriots were able to somehow get that 12th overall pick from the Browns in exchanged for Garoppolo.
Teams over pay for quarterbacks all the time. Look at the Houston Texans. They gave Brock Osweiler $72 million dollars without even meeting him! It happens all the time in the NFL.
The Bears should try to acquire Garoppolo, but for the right price. What is the right price? That’s another tough question to answer at this point. If the Bears were able to part ways with just a second round pick and maybe another pick in 2018 it would be affordable. Anything more would be too much for a team that needs as many draft picks as possible.
Again, Garoppolo has only played in two and half games in the NFL. That’s really the only negative about him. There are many positives. He has also been Tom Brady‘s back up for three years. That worked out pretty well for Aaron Rodgers, who backed up Brett Favre for several years before becoming the starter.
After the Super Bowl, things are really going to heat up. This should be an exciting offseason for the Bears. At the right price (most likely a second round draft pick and then some), the Bears can afford Jimmy Garoppolo.
Ryan Pace has already made three trades with the Patriots over the last two years. That’s a positive sign going forward.
Hopefully, the Browns don’t come in and screw everything up.