Justin Houston, Eric Berry, and Marcus Peters all key members of the Kansas City defense missed the team’s voluntary offseason workouts this year.
I wasn’t calling out any players, Hali said. I was just letting people know how I feel.
Hali pointed the need to build chemistry as a reason for his frustration.
And we have a young team, and sometimes you have to kind of tell your leaders or point fingers at your leaders and let them know that, guys, you’ve got to be around, Hali said.
But he’s playing behind one of the best to ever take the field, and there’s no chance Garoppolo is beating out a healthy Brady for the Patriots’ starting job. Unless Brady gets hurt or the Patriots run up the score on a bunch of opponents, Garoppolo won’t see the field much this season in 2016, he attempted only four passes total after Brady returned.
His future is going to hinge on his performance in limited starts last season.
In his two starts last year, Garoppolo completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 496 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. That completion percentage, if he’d sustained it over an entire season, would have put him near the top of the league, just below Sam Bradford’s record-setting 71.6 percent mark.
If he wants to play, he should have plenty of options in free agency.
Kirk Cousins will probably set the quarterback market pretty high in 2018. He’ll likely earn more than the $25 million per year Derek Carr currently makes as the highest-paid player in the NFL. Garoppolo won’t approach those numbers, but considering the small sample size of his experience, he should be cheaper and more appealing to any team that needs a quarterback and doesn’t have the cap space to lock in Cousins.
Garoppolo’s cap hit in this final year of his rookie deal is just over $1.1 million, so even if he’s not in line to make Cousins money, he’s due a hefty pay raise.