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Patriots Daily: Is Jimmy Garoppolo’s Suspension Suspicious?

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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Garoppolo is a former member of the New England Patriots. (AP Photo/Doug Murray)

News broke yesterday that former New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who spent last season with the Las Vegas Raiders, has been suspended by the NFL. The two-game suspension results from violating the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Substances Policy. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the violation is related to Garoppolo using a prescribed medication without having a “Valid Use Exemption” from the NFL.

Something seems off about this. It is not because Jimmy Garoppolo is any more or less likely to use PEDs than any other NFL player. But the timing of the suspension and what is at stake is extremely curious.

Last year Garoppolo signed a three-year contract with Las Vegas to reunite with former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. However, McDaniels and the Raiders front office have since been fired and Garoppolo lost his starting job last season. It was widely assumed that the Raiders were going to release Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. That will still happen, but with Garoppolo suspended Las Vegas is not responsible for the $11.25 million in guaranteed money that Garoppolo would have been due.

Not only do the Las Vegas Raiders get off the hook for paying Garoppolo, they now get credited with the $11.25 million toward their salary cap space. Again, a failed test for Jimmy Garoppolo just opened up $11.25 million in salary cap space for the Raiders. This scribe isn’t the only one who believed the timing to be odd. Former Patriots Matt Chatham posted, in part, that it is “entirely reasonable to wonder” what role the Raiders played in such an event.

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