By Danny Picard
BOSTON — The New England Patriots did what they had to do.
They traded their backup quarterback for a second-round draft pick, which, without describing any of the other details, is a pretty good return for somebody that never even plays.
When you do sprinkle in all the other factors, it becomes even more obvious: sending Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco was a good trade for both teams.
But sticking with the trade from a Patriots perspective, it’s been alarming to see the amount of negative feedback this move has received, from fans and the media. It’s a product of the hype that’s surrounded Garoppolo since he was drafted by the Patriots in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
This was his fourth season in New England. And it was going to be his last, whether the Patriots traded him or not.