In case there was ever any doubt, the New England Patriots are not looking to bring back Jimmy Garoppolo. That news comes courtesy of ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.
“Patriots are not pursuing 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo, per sources,” Shultz tweeted. “Cap space isn’t there and obviously Cam Newton will return. Additionally, the draft is flush with QBs. No Jimmy GQ reunion for the Pats in foreseeable future.”
Why, we don’t really know. Jimmy G sure is better than Cam Newton these days.
At least, that’s what we think we learned last season — even though Garoppolo was injured and not even that good when he did play. But Newton was worse, and the Patriots missed the playoffs in their first season without Tom Brady.
As you probably remember, Garoppolo was once viewed as the heir apparent to Brady and the Patriots. Eventually, he landed with the San Francisco 49ers, leading them to a Super Bowl appearance in 2019.
Rumors started to swirl that the Niners have made Garoppolo available after he and the team limped through 2020. That still may be the case. Just don’t put the Patriots on the list of teams trying to acquire him.