It seems like a good bet Jimmy Garoppolo will be traded somewhere this offseason. The New England Patriots are working on an extension with Tom Brady, and he looks like he might make good on his promise to play into his mid-40s (he turns 40 before next season). The Patriots can’t really pay $20 million or so to franchise tag Brady’s backup, they can’t give Garoppolo a starting-quarterback-level contract with Brady still in place, and one would have to imagine Garoppolo would want to go somewhere else and start.
In March of 2000, Dan Marino announced his retirement from the NFL. On Wednesday, Marino signed a one-day contract with the Dolphins, so that he could retire as a member of the only team for which he played. Wait, what? It turns out that Marino never filed his official retirement papers with the league. That provided the Dolphins with an opportunity to bring back some of the heroes from their past in a ceremony Wednesday that featured several age- and salary cap-related jokes. “To sign a contract for a day, I’m very proud of it,” Marino said (via the AP), as he was joined by fellow Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Larry Little, as well as other Miami stalwarts in Kim Bokamper, Nat Moore and Sam
We answered half of your questions in the first mailbag this week (see story). But there are plenty more to go. With free agency just around the corner, let's not waste any time jumping into today's questions: I don't think so. Yeah, moving on from Connor Barwin is going to be tough. He's a great guy and has been a tremendous asset in the community. His foundation is amazing. But on the field, his production dropped while his price tag soared. That's a problem. Barwin has said publicly that he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philly. He's a smart guy and knew there's no way the Eagles are going to keep him around with an $8.35 million cap hit, especially when they can save $7.75