New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has surely seen what his former backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, has been doing with the San Fransisco 49ers.
Sure, the sample size is small, but Garoppolo has still never lost as a starter, winning six straight games. He just helped the 49ers drop 44 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars and what was the No. 1 defense in the NFL. The 49ers once looked on pace to challenge for a top pick in the NFL draft, and he’s turned them around.
As such, the 40-year-old quarterback was asked about a scenario where the Patriots had decided to keep Garoppolo and trade him.
“I have no idea,” he said, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI. “I don’t entertain those things. Those things are not in my control. Anyone can get traded at any point, at any time. Coaches have been traded, players have been traded, everyone in the NFL — Joe Montana. I always say Joe Montana has played for another team and Randy Moss has been traded many times and Brett Favre. There’s just so many great players that have played on other teams.
“I don’t think anything surprises me. It’s certainly a business and we as players certainly understand that. Things happen and over the course of all the years I have been here, from my first year up until now, you do the best you can do when you are on the team. You play to help the team win and then you let other situations take care of themselves. I have been fortunate to play with so many great players and learn from a lot of those great players who have moved on to play for other teams. They still remain friends and we’ve built some really lasting relationships. I think that is one of the most gratifying things about playing pro sports.”
He did stress that he’s glad they didn’t trade him.
“Who knows,” he added. “These are all hypotheticals. We can go through all 31 teams, but I am here with the Patriots and I’ve loved playing for this team and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan, playing for Coach [Bill] Belichick and all the other coaches and all the great players.
“I think I have had it pretty good. I don’t really think too often about what could have been, or what should have been or what might have been. I know where I am at and we’ve done a pretty good job here and hopefully we can keep it going.”