Should the New England Patriots Trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Dolphins, Chargers, Cardinals, 49ers or Broncos to Bolster Defense?

The New England Patriots sit at 2-2 through the first quarter of the 2017 NFL season. They could very easily be 1-3. Sure, they could also be 3-1, but for the purpose of this article, let’s go with the “sky is falling” theme in Foxboro this morning. The defense is bad. Horrible. Awful. Atrocious. Insert your favorite adjective here. The Patriots defense is the worst in the entire league through the first four games of the season. I know that New England often goes through rough stretches and then miraculously turns its season around. But, even with that so often being the case, didn’t the whole world figure that the Patriots would come back and defeat the Carolina Panthers yesterday? Sure you did. Why would you not? After all, that just seems to be the script for this team. They come back.

On Sunday, against a Panthers offense that had been horrible – even against the New Orleans Saints – the Patriots defense once again cost the team the game. Looking up and down the roster as it currently stands, it looks difficult to fix.

Cue Jimmy Garoppolo.

No, they are not going to turn Garoppolo into a defensive back, a weak side linebacker or a defensive end pass rusher. Look at him. None of those things could happen. Clearly. But Garoppolo could still help bolster or improve this defense.

By trading him.

The Miami Dolphins are going nowhere. Jay Cutler looks like a broadcaster. Ryan Tannehill is not the answer, even when healthy. Surely, the Dolphins could offer a key piece or two from its defense along with a high draft pick to try to acquire Garoppolo.

Or the San Diego Chargers. They look bad. Philip Rivers looks worse. And nobody cares. Not in Los Angeles, at least. Nobody is there. Well, fans are there, but they are fans of the opposing team. Right, Philadelphia Eagles fans? The Chargers have plenty of great players on defense who could instantly help the Patriots.

Same goes with the Arizona Cardinals. And San Francisco 49ers. And even the Denver Broncos. All of these teams could use a franchise quarterback. Garoppolo could be the answer.

About the author

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.