Over the years, much has been made of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo's relationship.
Some speculated Brady did not care much for Garoppolo as he felt threatened by him, while it was clear they had some connection given the younger quarterback has often joined Brady on his Kentucky Derby trips, among other examples. On Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night, Garoppolo revealed Brady texted him ahead of Sunday's game offering a simple message of, "go win."
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, WFAN and CBS Sports' Boomer Esiason said the two "genuinely" like each other.
“Tom is going to be very professional, you know that. And I do think that they genuinely like each other," he said. "In retrospect, when you really think about it, Jimmy Garoppolo went to a great place to go play quarterback. He went to go play for a great coach with a great system, a system that has proved failsafe when it is working and they have everything going on. Look, they have a great team and he has benefited much like Tom has benefited the last couple of years of a great defense.
"There is really no reason for anybody to be upset about of of this. I am sure Jimmy would have loved to stay in New England, but at the end of the day you have to take stock in where you’re at and where he is at is Super Bowl LIV, which is a great trade if you ask me.”
As for Brady's future, Esiason is not surprised at the Adam Schefter report last week which said the Patriots would like some sort of answer before free agency begins as to what the Patriots quarterback wants, but ultimately he believes the 42-year-old is best off staying in New England.
“I think it is a little bit of an ultimatum, but I also think the organization needs to know where he’s at, where he wants to go and what he wants to do because I think Bill (Belichick) even said this at his last press conference, it’s not really about what one person wants to do, it is about what everybody needs to do," he said. "They have to navigate this landscape — how much is he worth? How much does he expect to make? And maybe he’s trying to make the Patriots pay a little bit more money. I’m not really sure.
“All I know is, Eli Manning retired this past week and he said, ‘I always wanted to retire a Giant and only a Giant.’ Now, Eli’s career had come to a complete end, we could all see that on the field, Tom still has a couple of really good years left in him. But, I believe those years would be well spent with Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick, as opposed to with a strange organization with strange coaches, different players, a different system. My sense is that I wish he would stay in New England. I would like to see him retire a New England Patriot and go out as the greatest of all time in that uniform because that is where he created his legacy.”
Brady officially will become a free agent March 18.