The Jacksonville Jaguars are in a bind with Blake Bortles as their quarterback. They have one more year to evaluate if he is the guy or not — and with a new coaching staff likely coming in, a veteran quarterback will need to be signed.
One name that’s been floated around is New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a second-round pick from the 2014 NFL Draft and a guy who looked pretty good in relief of Tom Brady during his suspension this year, completing 70 percent of his passes and averaging 250 yards per game while not throwing a single interception.
But how much would you need to give up to get a guy like Garoppolo who could very well improve the Jaguars’ quarterback situation in one offseason?
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots are starting their trade talks for Garoppolo at a minimum of first- and fourth-round picks — or what the Philadelphia Eagles got in return for Sam Bradford and coincidentally what New England lost because of the NFL’s “Deflategate” punishments.
Personally, I don’t think the Jaguars would be crazy to do it. Dave Caldwell is 1-for-4 on first round picks and his fourth round picks have been Ace Sanders, Aaron Colvin, James Sample, and Sheldon Day. For Caldwell, an average haul in the first and fourth rounds would be Luke Joeckel and Aaron Colvin or Dante Fowler and Sheldon Day. Add in a head coach like Josh McDaniels who has worked with Garoppolo and it has a better chance of working out.
Is that worth a shot at a promising young quarterback? I think so. What do you think?