Jimmy Garoppolo had an impressive showing in the Patriots upset victory over Arizona. It’s crazy to think, but with Garoppolo starting to look like a legit NFL starter, could New England consider trading Tom Brady in the offseason in favor of the youngster? If so, is Miami a possible destination?
It seems out of reach to consider the idea after just one game, but the Patriots have been in a similar situation before. Back in 2001, no one thought that a 6th round quarterback could take over the reigns from Drew Bledsoe, who had been with the Patriots since 1993 and led the team to Super Bowl XXXI, but that’s exactly what happened.
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The season was supposed to be over for New England after Bledsoe went down with an injury in Week 2 of the 2001 season. Relying on a 2nd-year QB with very little experience and an 0-2 start should have meant disaster for the rest of the season. Backup QB Tom Brady had other plans though and instead led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl championship in team history.
It’s still too early to call, but flash forward 15 years, and the Patriots could be faced with a similar situation. Jimmy Garoppolo has only started one game for New England, but some already believe that the Patriots should try and trade Brady after this season to look towards the future. Even at age 39, Brady still holds a ton of value and could bring a nice return for the Patriots in a trade.
If the Patriots were to, in fact, trade the future Hall-of-Famer, one has to believe the Miami Dolphins would be interested. One radio analyst has already publicly stated that Brady to Miami is a foregone conclusion. Slice Miami website columnist Josh Baumgard reported Thursday that radio analyst Marc Hochman of the HCK radio show on WQAM that also features Channing Crowder and Zach Krantz had this to say on Thursday’s show:
"“I’m telling you…Tom Brady will be the quarterback one day for the Miami Dolphins. It might be next season and I own that comment.”"
Hochman backed up that statement even further later on claiming that “Brady will be the Dolphins’ quarterback next season.” He even went as far as to say that he’s already ordered his Brady Dolphins jersey! I’ve only read about Hochman’s comments and did not actually hear the audio clip, but one has to wonder if there was some sarcasm at all to Hochman’s bold statement. Even if we humored to the idea of the Patriots trading Brady, why on Earth would they trade him to any team in the AFC East?
Yes, the Dolphins, Bills, and Jets, have pretty much been in search of an elite quarterback since the turn of the 21st century. Their inability to find one can be argued as the primary link for failing to challenge the Patriots for the division over the course of the century. It makes almost no sense for the Patriots to offer help to their division rivals. And even if they did, please believe that the asking price would be much higher than for a team outside the division or conference.
Hochman’s statement also gives the impression that the Dolphins are ready to move on from Ryan Tannehill. That may come to fruition by the end of the season, but the Dolphins organization is far from ready to give up on Tannehill just yet. This season has been billed as Tannehill’s ‘last shot’ but there’s still a lot of football to be played.
While it’s not totally crazy to think Brady could be traded if the Patriots believe in Jimmy G enough, the idea of him becoming a Dolphin is pretty absurd. I have the funny feeling too, that if somehow the Patriots and the Dolphins did pull off a trade, that Brady would simply retire.
Hochman made one of those statements that the majority will simply roll their eyes at, but will make him look like a genius if it comes true. Never say never, but Hochman was really reaching with his remarks. Don’t look too deep into this becoming a reality.