The New England Patriots have locked up their second-round pick on Monday. According to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, the Patriots and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo have agreed o a four-year deal worth $3.3 million with an $853,744 signing bonus.
Deemed as the team’s future successor to Tom Brady, Garoppolo was selected No. 62 overall in the 2014 NFL draft. The product out of Eastern Illinois was a surprise pick for many who expected the Patriots to select another offensive weapon or a defensive contributor with a pick that high. So far the young quarterback is showing some of the leadership tendencies needed and required for the position.
The Patriots rookie has also been a hot topic of discussion because of the future competition he may provide for Brady. Although Brady plans on playing in the league for years to come, the drafting of a quarterback at such a high pic opened the discussions about the reality of life without Brady.
On Friday, the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback discussed his eventual replacement. During a break at his annual Best Buddies charity football game, Brady said, “He’s a really nice kid. He’s a great guy. All the new guys have come in and hopefully they can play a great role on our team.”
Garoppolo knows his role on the team and looks forward to working with both Brady and current backup quarterback Ryan Mallet, although it appears that Mallett won’t be around when the season starts. The winner of the Walter Payton Award seems ready and prepared to learn from one of the best and now that he has his rookie contract signed, all of his focus can now be turned towards the game of football.
Garoppolo’s signing represents the eighth draft pick the Patriots have signed. They have yet to come to terms with their first-round pick Dominique Easley. Although it appears both sides are far from a deal, the Patriots are confident they will reach a deal with the defensive linemen soon.