Rob Ninkovich: Patriots trading Jimmy Garoppolo was a mistake
Even though Jimmy Garoppolo was traded two months ago, the Patriots’ decision to move him is still a topic of debate in New England.
Garoppolo is a free agent after the season and Brady is still playing at a high level even at 40 years old. It appeared the Patriots didn’t have much of a choice but to trade him, but some feel otherwise.
One of those people is former Patriots outside linebacker/defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who retired at the start of training camp.
“I think that was a mistake trading Jimmy because Jimmy is an unbelievable quarterback and a guy you could build a franchise around,” Ninkovich said Friday to John Tomase and Tom E. Curran filling in on Dale & Holley with Keefe. “Obviously, he’s going to be the franchise guy in San Francisco and I am very happy for him because imagine him being the backup behind Tom [Brady] for a long time, and then Jacoby [Brissett] gets here and he goes and now he’s a starter. And he sees David Carr, who came in the same draft as him. He’s in Oakland, he’s the highest paid quarterback in the league. He’s the guy. So he’s sitting there, ‘Man, I am pretty good here and I just want to play.’ The best thing for him was to go somewhere else and play.”
Ninkovich also noted how hard it will be for whatever quarterback replaces Brady.
“I would add, at some point we don’t know when Tom is going to decide to move on,” Ninkovich said. “The next guy here, it is going to be a nightmare because you are compared to Tom Brady. Nobody is ever going to be Tom Brady. Tom is the best quarterback I have ever been around. It is almost the best case scenario for Jimmy. … I am saying a new person coming in here it is going to be tough.”