Did the San Francisco 49ers just solve their quarterback problems in one midseason trade for Jimmy Garoppolo?
After rebuffing offers for Tom Brady’s heir apparent for years, the Patriots were finally made an offer they couldn’t refuse. On Monday night, New England sent the highly-touted backup quarterback to the 49ers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Patriots clearly believe Tom Brady has several more years of effective play ahead of him, and aren’t willing to force him out of Foxbourough. When the Green Bay Packers had an aging Brett Favre at the top of the depth chart and a hotshot named Aaron Rodgers waiting in the wings, the situation got ugly.
The Patriots appear to have effectively side-stepped the drama and hauled in an incredibly valuable pick in the process.
The 49ers second round pick will likely be the the first pick of the round.
Garoppolo has seen very limited action since being drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He’s managed to see the field in 17 total games, but it wasn’t until 2016 that he finally got a start. While Tom Brady was serving his punishment for his involvement in “DeflateGate,” Garoppolo stepped in as the starter and performed well. He went down with an injury after starting the second game, and the Patriots also found success under third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Garoppolo alone doesn’t make the 49ers a contender, but with a few weapons, San Francisco believes he can be their franchise quarterback.