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Patriots keep backup for Brady, add players to protect him

It's not who the New England Patriots picked up, it's who they kept.

The defending Super Bowl champions decided to trade neither backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo nor defensive back Malcolm Butler over the three days of the NFL draft. Both had been the subject of active trade talks, with New Orleans pursuing Butler and Cleveland going after Garoppolo even up until the second day.

Garoppolo is a former third-round pick out of Eastern Illinois who performed well, before he was injured, as Tom Brady's backup during the Deflategate suspension. When Garoppolo's contract expires at the end of the 2017 season, coach Bill Belichick will have to decide whether to overpay him to smooth the transition for when Brady is injured or retires.

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AFC East Division
TeamWLTPct
xyz-New England 1420.875
x-Miami 1060.625
Buffalo 790.438
New York 5110.313
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: T. Brady3554
Pass TDs: T. Brady28
Rush Yds: L. Blount1161
Rush TDs: L. Blount18
Rec Yds: J. Edelman1106
Rec TDs: M. Bennett7
Int: M. Butler4
Sacks: T. Flowers7.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 6180 (4)
Passing Yards: 4456 (5)
Rushing Yards: 1872 (7)
Points per game: 27.6 (3)
Yards per game: 386.3 (4)
Touchdowns: 51 (4)
Field Goals: 27 (17)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5223 (8)
Passing Yards: 4033 (13)
Rushing Yards: 1417 (3)
Points per game: 15.6 (1)
Yards per game: 326.4 (8)
Touchdowns: 27 (2)
Field Goals: 21 (5)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/29 J. O'Shaughnessy traded w/ draft pick for 5th-round pick in 2017
4/29 B. Cooks team exercises option Fifth-year option on rookie contract
4/19 J. White re-signed Three-year extension (through 2020)
4/18 M. Lengel re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/18 M. Gillislee signed Two-year contract (through 2018)
4/18 M. Butler re-signed/rest FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/18 T. Jackson cut
4/12 B. King re-signed/excl. FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/12 T. Knighton retired
4/10 A. Branch re-signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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