Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots strike deal


The New England Patriots just signed a draft pick who might not see meaningful action for the life of his rookie contract.

The team announced Monday that No. 62 overall pick quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has signed. All second-round rookie contracts are four years in length.

With Ryan Mallett on the trade block and due to reach free agency in 2015, Garoppolo will provide insurance for an aging but still improving Tom Brady over the next few seasons.

Brady has made it clear that he has no plans to relinquish his starting job or consider retirement in the near future.

If the Patriots get their wish, Garoppolo won't see the field for a "long, long time."

The latest "Around The League Podcast" breaks down the news and examines developments from the first week of OTAs.