Except that it apparently wasn't news at all.
In the wee hours of Friday morning, Garoppolo's Instagram account posted a photo of him celebrating with the Super Bowl trophy, alongside this caption:
“So grateful for my time in New England. Peace out Boston✌🏻"
Garoppolo has been Tom Brady's backup in New England for three seasons. He's seen as a starter-level player but the Patriots still have Brady, so many NFL fans have speculated that New England could try to trade Garoppolo for a haul of draft picks this off-season. That's why his supposed farewell tweet was such a big deal ...
... except ...
There's this, via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Spoke to someone close to Jimmy Garoppolo who had no knowledge of any trade and believes it's a hack. Alas, it's 5:26 am now & we're all up
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2017
And there's this, via Patriots beat reporter Doug Kyed.
Source close to Jimmy Garoppolo tells me QB hasn't been traded to his knowledge, and the Instagram post sound like a "prank/hack."
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) March 10, 2017
The post was deleted from Garoppolo's Instagram profile shortly after it appeared.
"Jimmy's social media account was hacked," agent Don Yee later told ESPN.
But all was not lost! The would-be bit of big news, the early hour at which it broke and the fact that Garoppolo was apparently hacked did lead to some solid Twitter jokes.
Jimmy Garoppolo's Instagram password is "password".
— John Nichols (@OneStarFootball) March 10, 2017
If this is one of Jimmy G's buddies who got his phone and hacked his insta, congrats man, that was solid
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) March 10, 2017
Leapt out of bed for the Garoppolo news, chugged coffee, + figured out it's likely a hoax. So uh, anyone want to get breakfast or something?
— Nate Scott (@aNateScott) March 10, 2017
Basically the Jimmy Garoppolo drama this morning... pic.twitter.com/wT31OrLckE
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) March 10, 2017
So breathe deep, Patriots fans. It appears you can rest easy — at least for now.