By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – While reporters from all over the globe flocked to podiums to interview the New England Patriots players at the NFL’s Super Bowl 51 Opening Night at Houston’s Minute Maid Park; players who aren’t as key to the Patriots game plan for Sunday walked the arena floor to much smaller media scrums.

New England back-up Jimmy Garoppolo is drinking in his second Super Bowl experience, but after Sunday he knows he could be wearing a different jersey as he will be among the quarterbacks available via trade for teams that desperately want to upgrade at that position.

One of those teams searching for a quarterback that could be a logical fit for the 3-year pro is Houston. One year after giving Brock Osweiler $37 million in guaranteed money, the Texans saw their big free agent splash fail miserably and Houston is once again looking to upgrade at the position. However, limited financial resources and with no quarterback available in April’s draft ready to start for a team that made the postseason for the second straight year, leave options limited to trade or the upcoming draft.

Garoppolo was reportedly a potential selection for Texans head coach Bill O’Brien in his first draft with the team, but the Patriots elected to take the former Eastern Illinois signal caller with their second round pick.

Garoppolo said he met with several teams during the draft process but that he was well aware of the Texans interest in him.

“I knew (The Texans) needed a quarterback that year and they ended up taking Tom Savage,” Garoppolo said. “It was a possibility, but I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

Garoppolo made it clear that he is focussing on the Super Bowl by running the Atlanta offense for the Patriots defense. He is well aware that there will be interest in his services in the offseason.

“The talks have started, I haven’t talked about it or anything, but it sounds like they’re going on.  I’ve been asked a lot about it (Monday).”

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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