|Adam Schefter on K&C: If Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady gets hurt ‘they would be the Cleveland Browns’||03.10.17 at 7:49 am ET|
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Kirk and Callahan Friday morning to discuss the latest with Jimmy Garoppolo and a potential trade, which he said once again will not happen. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.
On Thursday, the Browns added a 2018 second-round pick via trade and many speculated they were stocking more picks to try and make a run at Garoppolo. Schefter said he even got a text from a Patriots source saying, “Does Cleveland know we’re not trading Jimmy Garoppolo?”
“You could ask [Bill Belichick], and I am sure he will speak for himself, but I have spoken to enough people who have given me enough answers like yesterday, someone else texted me and said, ‘Does Cleveland know we’re not trading Jimmy Garoppolo?'” Schefter said. “We’re going back to what we said before. I am basing my answers in what I believe is factual information. I know people want to take it in a different way. I am telling you that’s not right.”
Given how important the quarterback position is, Schefter questioned what were to happen if the Patriots traded Garoppolo and something were to happen to Tom Brady, who is 40 years old.
“If they traded Jimmy Garoppolo and something were to happen to Tom Brady next season, the year after, they would be the Cleveland Browns,” Schefter said. “It would the Cleveland Browns. What would they be doing at quarterback? What was it like for that franchise before Tom Brady came along.”
Schefter once again was very adamant about his report of the Patriots not trading him.
“Why can’t it be that simple, that they have secured the most important position in sports and they are not going to sacrifice that for a first-round draft pick, for two first-round draft picks or whatever compensation is offered,” he said. “Why does it have to be they are trying to drive up the price when they don’t have any intention of trading him?”
Added Schefter: “Again, I am trying to reflect to you what has been reflected to me. OK? And it’s been taken so many different ways that it’s just rather — I don’t know. I feel like I have to defend it.”
|Mike Florio on Kirk & Callahan: Bill Belichick may be using Adam Schefter to increase Jimmy Garoppolo’s value||03.09.17 at 11:01 am ET|
Last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent shockwaves through the football world when he said the Patriots aren’t expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo this year. In an interview with WEEI’s OM&F, Schefter doubled down on his report, saying he guaranteed Garoppolo would be with New England next season.
On Kirk & Callahan Thursday, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said he doesn’t share Schefter’s certainty. While he thinks it’s possible Garoppolo could stay with the Patriots, he’s not ready to dismiss the possibility of a trade.
“It’s one thing to say, ‘I guarantee you that Garoppolo will be on the Patriots.’ It’s another thing to say they’re not expected to trade him,” Florio said. “When you say ‘not expected to trade,’ that very well may be true at the time, but a message that is being sent by Bill Belichick through Adam Schefter to the rest of the league that ‘I am not going to enter into any negotiations from a position of weakness. I am going to enter into those talks from a position of strength.'”
When informed about Schefter’s guarantee, Florio brushed it aside.
“I think that it’s a safe guess to make. What’s going to happen? Are they going to fire him if he’s wrong about that?,” he asked.
Later in the interview, Florio floated out his own Garoppolo theory. He says he can envision the 2014 second-round pick signing a contract extension with the Patriots and waiting to take over for Tom Brady –– even if it takes several more years.
|Trent Dilfer on D&H clarifies past comments on Adam Schefter: I was not implying he was a pawn for the Patriots||01.03.17 at 5:12 pm ET|
It’s been a war of words over the last week between ESPN’s Trent Dilfer and Adam Schefter.
Last week on Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe, Dilfer didn’t agree with Schefter saying the starting point for the Patriots in a Jimmy Garoppolo trade would be a first and a fourth rounder.
“It’s smart that the brass in New England is using Adam [Schefter] to get that headline out there because now they are starting the market there,” Dilfer said last week.
Schefter took offense to the comments when appearing on Kirk & Callahan Tuesday morning.
“I can tell you this: Nobody in New England has ever told me a certain price that they would want, or are expecting on Jimmy Garoppolo,” Schefter said. “I can promise you that. The New England brass is not using me to get a price out on Jimmy Garoppolo. That is a fact that we can dispel right there. That is factually incorrect.”
“And again, facts will be used to correct Trent there, nobody in New England has ever stated any price to me on Jimmy Garoppolo and nobody has ever said to me, ‘Can you please put that out there so we can drum up the interest,'” he added. “It’s amazing that somebody that I work with and respect as much as I do would say something like that.”
Appearing back on Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe Tuesday, Dilfer had a different tone after hearing what he said last week again.
“Well, yeah, and by the way, Adam and I are very, very good friends. I almost feel apologetic,” Dilfer said. “When I said that last week, it was that — I felt like the Patriots were creating that message to start a bidding war for Jimmy Garoppolo. I did not mean to throw Adam’s name in there by any stretch of the imagination. I listed to my sound and I sounded like I was accusing Adam of being a pawn for the New England Patriots. By no means was I implying that whatsoever.
“I regretfully take back putting Adam’s name into that. I stand by my comments saying that this is very common in the NFL where teams will get a bidding war going by getting numbers out there. I guess that was what I was trying to say last week. I feel bad that this has become a thing because I respect Adam as much as anybody at ESPN.”
|Adam Schefter on K&C: ‘There’s a real chance’ Patriots will lose Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia||at 10:16 am ET|
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Kirk and Callahan Tuesday morning to discuss Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia and Nick Caserio potentially leaving New England, among other things. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.
It’s been reported the Rams, Jaguars and 49ers have reached out to McDaniels, while the Rams and Chargers have reached out to Patricia. Schefter believes based on the interest, there’s a “real chance” one of the two departs New England.
“Well, look, it’s very clear that they are all in play,” Schefter said. “We’re 24 hours really into this coaching search process and it’s just too early to say where anybody is going. I think based on the interest in both coordinators, again, I think the one thing that we would sense, believe, I am not tell you it’s happening, it sounds like there’s a real chance they are going to lose at least one of them. I don’t know which one — maybe they lose one, maybe they lose both. Again, based on the interest, San Diego has put in for Patricia, the Rams have put for Patricia. The 49ers and the Jaguars have put him for Josh, and the Rams.”
Added Schefter: “By the way, we’re not done with head coaching news yet either. We have six teams that are already have changed and we’re not done. There is going to be more and there is going to be more teams calling and the more teams that there are looking for head coaches, the greater the chance that the Patriots will lose at least one. Like I said on Sunday, we’ve had at least seven head coaching changes since 2011. We’ve averaged 6.8 since the turn of the century in 2000. The chances are, the over/under is seven and I am betting the over this year. I am telling you right now.”
With the Patriots having a first-round bye, their coordinators will be interviewed this weekend per NFL rules. After this weekend, and until the Patriots are eliminated from the postseason, they are not permitted to interview again.
Schefter detailed what the process will be like.
|Adam Schefter on K&C fires back at Trent Dilfer: Patriots are getting minimum of a 1st-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo||at 9:38 am ET|
It looks like when it comes to the Patriots potentially trading Jimmy Garoppolo, it’s Adam Schefter vs. Trent Dilfer.
Appearing on Kirk & Callahan last week, Schefter said a starting point for the Patriots trading Garoppolo would be a first and a fourth-round pick because that was what Sam Bradford was dealt for earlier this year.
On Dale & Holley with Rich Keefe, Dilfer disputed that notion and even went as far as to say the Patriots were using Schefter.
Tuesday morning, on with Kirk & Callahan, Schefter fired back.
“I honestly have no idea,” Schefter said. “I can tell you this: Nobody in New England has ever told me a certain price that they would want, or are expecting on Jimmy Garoppolo. I can promise you that. The New England brass is not using me to get a price out on Jimmy Garoppolo. That is a fact that we can dispel right there. That is factually incorrect.”
Added Schefter: “I will promise you that they are getting minimum of a first-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo. Promise you.”
The ESPN insider also added his statement that the starting point was a first and fourth-round pick was blown out of proportion.
“I didn’t report that they were getting a 1 and 4,” he said. “I gave a statement on my football sentiment and my football instincts and my football knowledge. Again, that’s what I believe will ultimately be the starting price. That doesn’t meant it will be. I could be wrong. I can tell you this, I am going to be closer than Trent Dilfer is on that and I might be low on the 1 and a 4.”
Ultimately, given the quarterback market, Schefter believes there will be plenty of teams interested in Garoppolo and when is all set and done, he believes he will prove Dilfer wrong.
“There are enough teams that need quarterbacks that — I try to choose my words carefully and when I initially said I think the starting point is that, that is what I think. I do not know that,” Schefter said. “I know there will be more than one team interested. I firmly believe it will be minimum a first-round draft pick and when I used the 1 and a 4, I used that as a basic comparison to Sam Bradford asking would you rather have Sam Bradford or Jimmy Garoppolo? Sam Bradford went for a 1 and a 4 and to me that is where it starts. That’s the genesis of something that was just a statement that turned into a little bit of a brush fire.
“And again, facts will be used to correct Trent there, nobody in New England has ever stated any price to me on Jimmy Garoppolo and nobody has ever said to me, ‘Can you please put that out there so we can drum up the interest.’ It’s amazing that somebody that I work with and respect as much as I do would say something like that.”
|Adam Schefter on K&C: Starting point for Jimmy Garoppolo trade is 1st and 4th-round pick||12.28.16 at 9:48 am ET|
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Kirk and Callahan Wednesday morning with Jon Meterparel and Trenni Kusnierek to talk about the Patriots potentially trading Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. To hear the interview, visit the K&C audio on demand page.
Last week, Schefter reported a person close to the Patriots said he would be “stunned” if the team traded Garoppolo. Schefter clarified he didn’t report that, it was just one person, and his opinion is the team will listen and if the right offer is presented, they will trade him.
“I didn’t say that. One person told me that,” Schefter said. “I don’t know that I believe that. I think they definitely are going to listen and it’s going to be up to another team to make an attractive enough [offer]. There was one person I spoke to with the Patriots who said he would be stunned if they traded him. Now, that doesn’t mean that that person is right, it means I think they are going to listen and it means they are going to ask for a lot. If somebody steps forward whether it is Chicago, or Cleveland, or San Francisco I think they act, but they are not looking to randomly deal the guy to deal the guy.”
As for what it might take? Schefter said a starting point would be a first and a fourth-round pick.
“In my mind, Sam Bradford went for a 1 and a 4 [round pick], so to me that is the starting point and I don’t even know if they would do it then,” he said.
Garoppolo’s contract is up after 2017, while both Tom Brady and Jacoby Brissett have deals through 2019. There are a lot of different options that could play out with Garoppolo, as the team could potentially deal him after this season, let him walk after next season, franchise him after next season, or even re-sign him after next season.
Ultimately, Schefter believes the Patriots will listen to offers and if the right one presents itself that is when the Patriots would trade Garoppolo.
“They have what they believe is a potential successor to Tom whenever Tom decides to stop playing,” Schefter said. “It’s difficult to work that out sometimes, but it ca be be done, especially considering Tom and Jimmy have the same agent. You figure something out. You just don’t give away the most important position in sports for nothing. That is one person.
“My own sense on Garoppolo is that they are going to explore that market. That they are going to listen. They are going to see what is out there and if some team steps forward and makes it such that they have to trade him they will, but they are just not going to look to give him away. That is not going to happen.”
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|Adam Schefter on OM&F: Tom Brady plans to fight suspension, get it overturned||04.26.16 at 11:58 am ET|
ESPN NFL analyst Adam Schefter checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the latest with Tom Brady and Deflategate. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Schefter reported Monday afternoon Brady and his camp are still mulling their options, but the case wasn’t over. Tuesday, Schefter expanded and said Brady plans to fight it, seeing what he can do to get the four-game suspension overturned.
“The one thing I have been told is they are definitely huddling,” Schefter said. “He wasn’t accepting it. He planned to fight it, come back at it, whatever that is. I think they were going over that as we speak, at least that was the sense I got yesterday. Again, they were huddling about it to figure out exactly what would happen. The way it was told to me is they would ask for a re-hearing, or a re-hearing on a new issue that wasn’t previously part of an argument that has arisen since the argument and the entire 21-judge panel on the Second Circuit would review it and make a decision. They would have to agree to do that, which is hard. Having a chief justice for them helps them.
“Again, these are issues that are beyond my scope of knowledge. Better to turn to someone with an extensive legal background, but that was what was told to me yesterday. The plan was to fight this and see what they could do to have it overturned.”
Schefter does not believe Brady would be willing to settle and take a lesser suspension.
“To me, settlement — Tom Brady was never going to settle and I know it is against him right now. I don’t think he is going to want to admit guilt,” he said. “… I think he would rather serve the four games than say I did anything wrong.”
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