After months of skepticism regarding Bill Belichick's true intentions, we can finally put the Garoppolo trade speculation to bed.
While it's true that Garoppolo's trade value will likely never be higher than it has been for the past two months, Belichick has placed a greater value on peace of mind at professional sports' most important position than stockpiling draft picks.
"From my understanding, the Patriots do not want to deal Jimmy Garoppolo," Rapoport reported earlier this month. "They really just don't, whether it's to the Browns, whether it's to the Texans. Their stance right now ... is they do not want to give up someone who they consider a franchise quarterback for a pick this year."
With the luxury of Brady under center, Belichick has constructed the league's strongest roster. What he craves most is another Lombardi Trophy or two to cement his legacy. Why decrease the odds of a return trip to the Super Bowl by trading the one quarterback capable of keeping the offense afloat should Brady suffer a major injury or finally start losing ground in his lopsided battle with Father Time?