To the surprise of many, Jimmy Garoppolo remains property of the New England Patriots through the 2017 offseason and may remain for even longer.

While he awaits any sign that Tom Brady may retire, Garoppolo has one year remaining on his contract and said he’s open to extending his time in New England.

“I’d entertain any possibility,” Garoppolo told ESPN’s Mike Reiss, when asked about a contract extension. “I’m not really thinking about it too much right now. There’s so much going on with OTAs and training camp right around the corner, that’s where my focus is.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess.”

The value of Garoppolo’s potential extension would be interesting as he’d likely command starting quarterback money should he hit the open market, and the Patriots may be unwilling to offer enough if Brady is still in starting form.

Garoppolo got a taste of life as the Patriots starting quarterback last season, making two starts when Brady was suspended before going down with injury. While Brady isn’t suspended this season, Garoppolo is still hoping to see the field, though he knows hoping will only get him so far.

“Obviously, I want to play. That’s the competitor in me. I think everyone out here wants to play,” said Garoppolo. “We come out here and compete every day for that opportunity and if you go out and earn it, it’s yours …

“Nothing is going to be given to you, especially here.”

The 25-year-old said he’s never asked Brady about when he plans to retire, though he characterizes the veteran as “a big brother to me.”

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