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Does Jimmy Garoppolo rumor mean Jacoby Brissett was hyped too much at end of year? 03.02.17 at 11:02 am ET
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Perhaps Jacoby Brissett hasn't developed as much as we thought. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Perhaps Jacoby Brissett hasn’t developed as much as we thought. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo and then took it a step further with Ordway Merloni & Fauria when he said “no matter who calls them and what anybody offers” he isn’t getting traded.

So why wouldn’t the Patriots trade Garoppolo?

Clearly, it is a matter of having an insurance policy for Tom Brady and how much the Patriots like Garoppolo. Prior to this week, many believed the Patriots would deal away Garoppolo not only because of Brady planning to play into his mid-40s, but also because they have Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett was drafted in the third round and due to Brady’s suspension and Garoppolo’s injury, he played in 2.5 games over the first four weeks. He finished off the Miami win in Week 2, led the team to a 27-0 win over the Texans in Week 3 and then lost 16-0 to the Bills in Week 4, while playing with an injured thumb. He went on injured reserve after the game, but the Patriots opted to activate him to the roster in late December so he could practice with the team the remainder of the season.

The team didn’t need to do this, especially considering he wouldn’t even be active for a game with Brady and Garoppolo healthy. This was viewed as a way to keep his development going because if he wasn’t activated, he couldn’t practice. Also, Bill Belichick treated Brissett differently than any other rookie on injured reserve. He traveled to away games with the team, something Belichick rarely does even with veterans.

The assumption was Brissett was performing well and the organization believed in him for the future, but maybe that isn’t necessarily the case.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots “would not be thrilled now to turn the team over to Jacoby Brissett if Brady is injured.” It’s important to note Brissett was just a rookie last year and even Garoppolo had plenty to improve on after his rookie year. Many assumed just because of the way Brissett played early in the season and the team activating him late in the year he was fully capable of backing up Brady in 2017.

Brissett certainly could potentially be capable in a year or two, but it appears now the NC State product isn’t as developed as first thought and his situation could be one of the driving factors as to why the Patriots wouldn’t want to trade Garoppolo given the importance of the quarterback position.

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Adam Schefter on OM&F: Jimmy Garoppolo will be on Patriots in ’17 ‘no matter who calls them and what anybody offers’ 03.01.17 at 11:32 am ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly will be on the Patriots in 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly will be on the Patriots in 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss his report of the Patriots not expecting to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

Schefter believes the Patriots will hold on to Garoppolo and thus go into 2017 with three quarterbacks — Garoppolo, Tom Brady and Jacoby Brissett.

“This is nothing about smoke, this is nothing about leverage, this is nothing about them not getting the price they wanted. This is about one thing plain and simple: They really like Jimmy Garoppolo and they don’t want to get rid of Jimmy Garoppolo,” Schefter said. “They think that good, young quarterbacks in this league are tough to come by. It is the most valuable commodity there is. If you don’t have a good young quarterback, you are doomed.

“Again, Tom Brady is 40 years old. He’s been able to do it for an awful long time and again, I think they would love to see him do it for 10 more years, but who knows how much longer he is going to play for.”

“This is not about them not getting the price they wanted,” he added. “This is not about them trying to increase the leverage. I want to be very clear: They really like the player.”

Schefter was then pressed on how the Patriots could still get blown away by a potential offer from another team and it was then he doubled-down on his report, saying no matter what the Patriots get offered, he is not getting traded.

“You guys can keep it alive and keep talking about it and keep wondering, but I am just telling you Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be on the Patriots in 2017 no matter who calls them and what anybody offers,” Schefter said. “He’s going to be on their roster this summer.”

Keeping Garoppolo is to make sure the team is set at the quarterback position for the long run and Schefter noted noting his guaranteed with Brady considering he is turning 40 years old next summer.

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Tom Brady posts picture of his awful high school haircut 02.28.17 at 2:46 pm ET
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Tom Brady has sported a variety of hairstyles over the years. None of them have been worse than what he was rocking back in his high school days.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Brady shared one of his class pictures from Junipero Serra High School, where he attended from 1991-1995. It’s safe to say he was far from a fashionista back then.

Brady’s look has evolved in the eight years he’s been married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Look no further than his haircut. It used to be atrocious, but now, it’s a trend-setter.

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Tom Brady won’t have role in upcoming movie/book about him 02.24.17 at 2:22 pm ET
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Tom Brady won't have a role in the upcoming movie and book about him. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady won’t have a role in the upcoming movie and book about him. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Last week it was learned Tom Brady will have a movie and book come out about him centered around his life post-Deflategate and Super Bowl LI.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s “The Finest Hours” and who were nominated for an Oscar for “The Fighter”, along with New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman, are the ones heading the project.

Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author with “Boston Strong” will also be part of the book.

After the report was released, many wondered if Brady himself would be part of it, and the answer to that is no.

“We wish the people involved the best of luck on this project, but we are not involved,” Brady’s agent Don Yee told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The book is said to have the title, “Let’s go” and the movie is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2018, but it is unclear at this time who will participate in the film.

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Aaron Rodgers acknowledges Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T 02.23.17 at 1:32 pm ET
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Aaron Rodgers praised Tom Brady after Super Bowl LI. (Chris Humphreys/USA Today Sports)

Aaron Rodgers praised Tom Brady after Super Bowl LI. (Chris Humphreys/USA Today Sports)

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are arguably the two best quarterbacks in the league, but Rodgers may have conceded Brady is a little better than he is.

Speaking with Graham Bensinger for “In Depth with Graham” at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this month, Rodgers said Brady didn’t need the win in Super Bowl LI to prove he is the greatest of all-time.

“From a fan’s perspective, what a great game to watch and to see Tom and his greatness on display one more time,” Rodgers said. “I mean, he didn’t need to win that to prove that he’s the G.O.A.T., but just another part of his legacy there.”

The Packers quarterback watched the game and said he felt bad for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

“Fantastic Super Bowl,” Rodgers said. “I felt bad for Matt. Getting to know him over the years, he is a fantastic guy; he had an incredible MVP season and sitting there 28-3 I think everybody watching and probably at the game was thinking ‘Atlanta’s gonna get their ring sized up here pretty soon.’ So that was disappointing.”

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Tom Brady posts video of him ski jumping to social media at 10:28 am ET
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Tom Brady and his family are enjoying the first few weeks of the offseason by skiing.

Earlier this week Brady posted a video of his daughter Vivian skiing and then Thursday morning, he posted a video of himself going over a ski jump with the caption: If you french fry when you’re supposed to pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

Here is the video.

If you french fry when you’re supposed to pizza, you’re gonna have a bad time! Trust me!!!

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

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Tom Brady posts ‘suspect board’ on social media with who could have stolen his Super Bowl jersey 02.22.17 at 12:03 pm ET
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Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey is still missing and the quarterback took to social media on Wednesday to try and figure out who took it after the game.

Brady posted a “suspect board” with many people on it, including Julian Edelman and Lady Gaga. He had the caption: Hey @edelman11 “Ya suspect, yeah you! I don’t know what your reputation is in this town, but after that s@?# you pulled, you can bet l’ll be looking into you!

See for yourself.

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