The Jimmy Garoppolo saga added a new wrinkle Friday.
Garoppolo, who has long been tied to trade rumors, appeared to say goodbye to the New England Patriots via Instagram early Friday morning.
However, the post subsequently was taken down, and it widely was perceived that the Patriots backup quarterback’s account was hacked.
Given multiple reports that New England will not trade Garoppolo, it generally was believed that he had no involvement in sharing the photo. However, one sports personality is not buying it.
On ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith expressed his opinion on the matter, in which he believed Garoppolo used the post as a means of expressing his desires.
“I think it’s indicative of what Garoppolo actually wants to happen. I don’t believe it was a hoax,” Smith said, as transcribed by WEEI. “I think he had everything to do with that post. I don’t care what anybody says.”
Despite only starting two games in his young career, Garoppolo is expected by many to be ready for a starting role. Smith believes Garoppolo himself is aware of all the positive chatter.
“Garoppolo is feeling himself a little bit. He knows that at no time the market is going to be as high as it appears to be for him right now,” Smith said. “He senses a prime opportunity for himself to land someplace else, be a starting quarterback in the NFL and get some shine. And I think he wants to capitalize on it.”
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