Patriots' Bill Belichick opens up about trade of Jimmy Garoppolo

Patriots' Bill Belichick opens up about trade of Jimmy Garoppolo

New England recently shocked everybody when they traded the man who was once believed to be the next face of the franchise, Jimmy Garoppolo, to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a second-round draft pick. After a summer of rumors involving first-round picks (plural) heading to New England for Garoppolo, the Patriots came away with just one second-round pick in the deal.

Garoppolo appeared in 17 games since getting selected 62nd overall in the 2014 National Football League draft.

If the team had made a decision to keep the backup beyond Tuesday's trade deadline, it faced the real possibility of losing him for free this upcoming March.

This story will be updated. He was coming off a 2013 season in which he had completed just 60.5 percent of his passes (the second-lowest total of his career), had 11 interceptions, and his yards per attempt of 6.92 was his lowest mark since 2006.

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They get to have an experienced quarterback for the rest of the season, and one that knows what it takes to win.

Belichick answered by relaying how he assesses players in the latter stages of their career and "year to year". I think he is probably the best pure quarterback out there but I'm not sure that he is [an option], certainly with his skill set and the fact that he's not a very efficient pocket passer. I look at it as year-to-year.

Dan Shaughnessy: Well, it's a news-making trade but [the Patriots] are trading a ghost, a potential, a someone that never was. The 49ers are getting a good player, they are getting a good person and they're getting a great teammate and they are getting a good quarterback. Yes it is a little bit of a risk. And it was going to be an easy 4-0. And to see that Tom Brady is still Tom Brady at 40 years old-if he had not played as well this year then maybe it's a different scenario and they're ready to move on from Tom and they have Jimmy in place. The Patriots were reportedly willing to pay Garoppolo like a starting quarterback, even if it meant paying a high bill for having two starting quarterbacks on the roster. The Patriots are thinking this through and through.

Matt Citak is a producer for CBS Local Sports and a proud Vanderbilt alum.