Patriots' Top Offseason QB Target Revealed

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The Patriots' top offseason quarterback target has been revealed.
The Patriots' top offseason quarterback target has been revealed. / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The New England Patriots have a big question mark at quarterback going into the 2021 season. Of course, this is not something fans are accustomed to. After losing Tom Brady, the Patriots signed Cam Newton to a cheap prove-it deal. He proved he wasn't the answer.

Now. the Patriots look towards next season, hoping to hop aboard the quarterback carousel of this offseason and come away with someone capable of actually passing the football. A recent report shows who their top target this offseason is, and it's a familiar face.

Jimmy Garoppolo Patriots Trade Rumors

In a report from The Boston Sports Journal's Greg Bedard, he says that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is "far and away" New England's "Plan A." He also calls it the "optimal situation" for the Patriots to bring Jimmy G back to Foxboro.

Of course, Garoppolo is still under contract with the 49ers and both general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have said Garoppolo will remain their quarterback.

But if they were able to be in the running for Deshaun Watson, it's possible we see Garoppolo cut. He has only a $2.8 million dead cap if cut, but a $26.4 million hit if kept.

Jimmy Garoppolo Patriots Return?

With the Patriots showing interest, the QB getting cut is becoming less likely, though it is still possible, as is the chance of him being reunited with his former team.

Garoppolo made 2 starts for the Patriots from 2014-2017 as Tom Brady's understudy, totaling 690 yards and 5 TDs while in New England before being traded for San Francisco.

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