Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball during the fourth quarter against the Towson Tigers at O

New England Patriots Sign Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

After a long wait, the New England Patriots have finally signed second round pick Jimmy Garoppolo. (From Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston)

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the New England Patriots’ late second-round pick (62nd overall), signed a four-year contract Monday.

As Reiss mentions, his deal is for four years, which leaves the Pats in a secure spot in terms of their quarterbacks. Obviously we all hope Garoppolo won’t have to play significant minutes for a long time, but you can never be too sure with your signal callers.

The Garoppolo selection has easily been the most controversial of the Pats picks, mainly because a lot of people felt like they had bigger needs to address. I personally liked the pick, and while I agree that New England could have improved their roster in other areas with that pick, you can’t pass up on someone as talented Garoppolo that late in the draft. Bill Belichick is a notorious ‘value picker’, so it really shouldn’t have come as a big surprise.

With this signing, first round pick Dominique Easley is the only Pats draft pick that has yet to be signed. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported a few days ago that the two sides had ‘hit a snag’ in contract negotiations, but nobody seems to think that it will cause any problems going forward.

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