What was weird about the timing of the trade?But why trade Brisset if you are thinking you might trade Jimmy G later in the year? And they absolutely could have franchised Jimmy G this offseason and either kept both or traded one of them after the franchise tag. To do that, the Patriots would have just needed the cap space to apply the franchise tag.
They didn't trade him in that off season, because they needed to see if Brady could still actually make it happen in games.
Once they got up to the deadline, and Brady still clearly has 'it's, they faced the choice of keeping Jimmy and losing him for nothing at the end of the season for nothing, or getting something for him now.
I am not saying the Kraft-Brady deal didn't occur, and it seems certainly possible, but the timing of this trade was not in any way "weird".
Get a high second, or a late third comp pick.
Or trade Brady.
But something had to be done. Keeping both was not an option.
It just feels like a rushed trade out of nowhere, which tends to lend a lot of credence to the fact that it came from ownership and not someone like Bill, who is always so calculated and plans for everything.
Because you feel Jacoby brings nothing they can't find out of a FA and had the opportunity to get something for him.
And franchising Jimmy was not an option, realistically.
Jimmy would have made noise about that.
There is no chance they would pay 24 million or so for a a backup QB.
One had to go, that is the truth and the bottom line. Maybe Kraft stepped in to make that decision, I don't know, but I do know that the timing of the trade was not unusual. They had to see if Tom still had it, so they didn't trade him in the off season, and Tom showed he had it so they had to trade one of them, or end up losing one for nothing.