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Patriots Trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers

Pats QB Jimmy Garoppolo

Patriots Trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers

BY Matthew Long


Ahead of the Holloween deadline to move players via trade the New England Patriots send off their prize backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. This is a decision that been debate and muddled around for the past couple season, what will Garopplo’s future in Foxboro be?

The Pats from office pulled the trigger Monday night to send, who thought to be the heir to Brady’s throne, to the San Francisco in return for the 49ers second-round pick in 2018. A move that has shocked some people in the league. It has been rumored that 9ers head coach Kyle Shannahan had been eyeing, soon to be unrestricted-free-agent, QB Kirk Cousins.

Cousins and Shannahan built a relationship during there time together with the Washington Redskins, where Cousins has been franchised tagged two years in a row. Something that has put the QB in a position to want to look at options elsewhere. This, in the minds of many, made the union seem inevitable.

49ers general manager John Lynch making a move for Garoppolo has essentially spent a second-round pick to get a seven-game test drive because he too is set to become a UFA at the end of the season. The former Patriots backup is likely to draw top dollar and interest at the end of the season regardless if they decided to hold him or try to get something in return.

According to sources, the 9ers will release QB Brian Hoyer, who may, in turn, be picked up by New England. This looks to be a win-win for both teams moving forward. I must make it a point to say, this does not take San Francisco out of the offseason hunt for a franchise QB. They are buying an exclusive seven-game workout in live game situations. A Shannahan reconnection with Cousins, or making a hard move to sign Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, or even drafting a prospect in April is not off the table.


[Photo: Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports]



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Patriots Trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers

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