Part Two: Keeping Tom Brady

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Look at that face (not you Terry Bradshaw).  So pretty.  Oh, and what’s that? The Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Cool, cool.

As we know, when Jimmy Garoppolo was traded to San Francisco last October, it left the Patriots with one QB: Tom Brady.  At age 40, Brady was suddenly the present, and the future.  Jacoby Brissett was traded in September, and with Jimmy gone, there was no safety net, no succession plan.  Indefinitely, at an age so far along in the history of the sport, Brady had a clear hold as the starter.

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Part One: What-If Jimmy Stayed

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Look at that smile.  You have to give Bill credit: he picks some handsome gentlemen as quarterbacks.

Anyway, I want you to imagine this: the Patriots do not trade Jimmy Garoppolo last October.  Brady might be angry, but Kraft speaks to Tom beforehand (in October) and tells him the team would like to keep their options open for the future.  Brady will obviously be the starter to finish the season, but since Jimmy will be an FA in the offseason, the fact the team is keeping him, with the potential of losing him for nothing, shows the team will do what it takes to keep him (may it be a franchise tag or a new contract).

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Hypothetical Discussion: Brady or Garoppolo?

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Over the next few days, I will be writing a two-part series about the following: should the Patriots have transitioned from Tom Brady to Jimmy Garoppolo?  I will construct a YES argument (meaning Garoppolo would not have been traded), and a NO argument (the current course).  Each argument will be released separately.

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