Days after Super Bowl LI ended, it was a forgone conclusion that New England Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo would wear a different uniform next season.
Instead, odds favor him remaining with the team, putting QB-deficient teams in a bind.
"Jimmy Garappolo isn't going anywhere. His name continues to surface in trade rumors and speculation - not happening," NFL insider Adam Schefter said Sunday on Twitter.
This week's NFL Draft gives the Patriots a prime opportunity to deal Garoppolo.
According to fresh odds from BookMaker.eu, Garoppolo is a strong -300 favorite not to be traded during NFL Draft week, meaning you'd need to wager $300 just to win $100.
He's a +220 underdog, or roughly 2/1, to be dealt.
Of course, the Patriots saying they're sticking with Garoppolo could merely be a ploy to drive up his trade value.
The Bears, 49ers, Browns, and Jets were among the teams favored to land Garoppolo before word that he'd likely remain in New England came out.
Coughing up a first-round pick could cause New England to reconsider.
With Patriots starting QB Tom Brady suspended for the first four games last season, it was Garoppolo's turn to shine.
He threw for 264 yards and a score Week 1 against Arizona and followed that up with a 232-yard, three-touchdown performance against Miami, both wins.
Then, a shoulder injury sidelined him in Weeks 3 and 4.
Instead of padding his resume, Garoppolo nursed an AC sprain and had four attempts the rest of the season. He finished with 502 passing yards and four scores.
From BookMaker.eu: Will Jimmy Garoppolo be traded during NFL Draft week?
- Yes: +220
- No: -300