This offseason will not feature Jimmy Garoppolo soaking in the confetti after a Patriots Super Bowl win like it did last year. Jimmy G is now with the 49ers, having been dealt midseason by the Pats to San Francisco. But Garoppolo still has reason to celebrate his old teammates making the Super Bowl, because he is going to be upwards of $200,000 richer as a result.
There’s no gray area when it comes to the conference championship and Authentic Luke Appling Jersey Super Bowl bonuses however. Garoppolo is due the full amount by virtue of the CBA:
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A player who at the time of the game in question is not on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game but was on the Active or Inactive List for eight or more games (i.e., regular or postseason) will receive the full amount designated in Section 2 for such game provided he is not under contract to another Club in the same Conference at the time of the game in question.
By virtue of being traded to the NFC, Garoppolo is guaranteed to get playoff checks for the Patriots’ last two games.
A Patriots would win mean Garoppolo gets, at absolute bare minimum, $153,000 in playoff checks. A Patriots loss would mean Garoppolo gets, at absolute bare minimum, $107,000 in playoff checks. Add in another $56,000 if he’s voted to get a playoff share from the Patriots and Jimmy G could be staring at $209,000 for his old team running the table in the postseason.
Not a bad reward for a guy who’s been busy becoming the savior for another franchise and largely being targeted as a reason for tensions existing in the Patriots front office.
All the defending champion Patriots have to do to get there is defeat the Tennessee Titans. They’re 13.5-point favorites at home, playing against a team that had a negative point differential during the regular season. The Titans also went 3-5 on the road this year, and they’ll be without their starting running back for the game. They also don’t have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and the Patriots do. Some teams would be distracted by the hubbub caused by last week’s ESPN article about supposed infighting between Brady, Belichick, and Robert Kraft, but not the Pats. They should be safe.