NFL Trade Rumor: Patriots interest in trading for Jimmy Garoppolo could be good for the Bears – Windy City Gridiron
On Wednesday evening an unexpected report popped up from Dale Arnold, a New England sportscaster, that indirectly affects the NFL Draft plans of the Chicago Bears.
What I’ve been told, by a reliable source —- @Patriots are working on a new contract for Jimmy G that could lead to a deal with @49ers. Same source who correctly told me Tom Brady had signed with @Buccaneers. Doesn’t mean it will get done, but they’re working on it.
Those 2 QBs have been the consensus top two draft picks for months now, and the Patriots, along with several other teams including the Bears, have been talked about as possible trade up candidates to go get either Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Trey Lance from North Dakota State, or Mac Jones from Alabama.
If the report from Arnold comes to fruition that presumably takes one team out of the rookie QB market, which is good news for the Bears.
The San Francisco 49ers draft third overall and while early reports had them zeroing in on Jones, the latest buzz is that Lance is also a possibility.
If either of those two are the pick at 3, then I would imagine teams would be lining up with offers for Fields. If the Pats aren’t one of them that could just leave the Bears, who pick 20, and the Washington Football Team, who pick 19, as the primary suitors.
The Denver Broncos, who pick 9th overall, were also thought to be a possibility for a QB, but on Wednesday they traded a 6th-round pick to the Carolina Panthers for Teddy Bridgewater. And while that doesn’t necessarily take them out of the rookie quarterback market, it does give them more options.
The 49ers could always end up cutting Garoppolo if they can’t re-do his deal for a trade, because releasing him will save the team about $23 million in cap space.
There are a few other teams that could be looking to get aggressive in a pursuit of a rookie QB, but the Bears have had trade offers on the table for several veterans this offseason, so their desperation is likely the loudest.
Do you think the Jimmy G rumor and the Broncos trade makes it more likely the Bears could trade up in the draft?