It has been reported that the San Francisco 49ers have acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots. Jimmy Garoppolo now has the opportunity to take over the reins as the 49ers’ starting quarterback.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the 49ers have agreed to terms on an NFL trade with the Patriots. The Niners will send a second-round draft pick to the Patriots for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers adding Garoppolo in a trade with the Patriots is the latest in a slew of deals made by NFL teams since the season started.
Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers becomes the sixth NFL trade during the season. Including the Seattle Seahawks’ acquisition of left tackle Duane Brown (courtesy of The Seattle Times) on Monday afternoon, it is the fourth NFL trade to take place in the month of October.
While the Seattle Seahawks were shoring up their biggest weakness, the offensive line, the San Francisco 49ers improved one of theirs. By adding Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots, the 49ers have identified their potential quarterback of the future.
San Francisco is one of two winless NFL teams at this point of the season, along with the Cleveland Browns. Both the 49ers and Browns had questions regarding the quarterback position. The 49ers believe they solved their woes by trading for the Patriots’ Garoppolo.
During the NFL draft last April, the Browns and 49ers had the top two picks. Neither came away with quarterbacks with those selections, opting to pass on clear-cut offensive rookie of the year favorite Deshaun Watson. That has since proven to be unwise for both the Niners and Browns. Each of them took passers in the later rounds.
The San Francisco 49ers decided that now was the right time to strike on a quarterback with a high ceiling. However, the Niners trading for Garoppolo is a bit of a surprise.
It clear that the San Francisco 49ers like what they have seen from Garoppolo. Parting ways with a second-round pick is just one indication that the 49ers are high on him.
There is another sign regarding where the 49ers view the Patriots’ backup quarterback. It is the idea that they will forgo taking a passer early in the draft next April.
Coming into the college football season, the quarterback class was rated as one of the strongest in recent years. The 49ers are well on their way to having a top-five draft pick again. Trading away a second-rounder to the New England Patriots suggests that the 49ers view Jimmy Garoppolo as on par with, if not better than the upcoming quarterback group.
Jimmy Garoppolo becomes the second reserve quarterback traded by the Patriots in two months. The Patriots dealt Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts in September.
Trading Garoppolo to the 49ers leaves the Patriots without a backup behind Tom Brady.
There is also not a quarterback on the Patriots’ practice squad, which likely means that New England will either add one through another NFL trade, or in free agency. Some will immediately call for the Patriots to reach out to Colin Kaepernick to replace Garoppolo. That is an unlikely situation.
The Patriots could have been waiting to see what the 49ers were going to do with their opening game starter Brian Hoyer. Adding Garoppolo immediately made Hoyer expendable to the 49ers.
According to Niners Wire, the 49ers cut Brian Hoyer to make room for Garoppolo.
The 49ers will get a quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, who played well in two NFL starts. Despite Garoppolo’s overall inexperience as a starter, there is a ton of buzz on Twitter regarding the 49ers’ new passer and the QB status of the Patriots.
San Francisco 49ers’ fans may get a glimpse of Garoppolo as soon as Week 12. The 49ers will be coming off of a bye week, giving Garoppolo three weeks to get a feel for the offensive playbook. In the meantime, rookie C.J. Beathard will likely remain the 49ers’ starter for the time being.
The San Francisco 49ers have the 3-4 Arizona Cardinals this Sunday, followed by the New York Giants.
Based on what the Niners gave up for Garoppolo, it is conceivable that they will do everything they can to help the 26-year-old passer. The 49ers have a few a pieces in place to help Garoppolo be successful.
Garoppolo goes to a 49ers’ team with a solid running back in Carlos Hyde. Pierre Garcōn and Marquise Goodwin are solid receivers for Garoppolo to work with. If the 49ers’ offensive line can hold up, Garoppolo will have something to work with.
The worse case scenario for the 49ers is if Jimmy Garoppolo cannot lead the team to wins.
The San Francisco 49ers are competing and showing signs of life in the second half of the NFL season. The objective should be to get Garoppolo acclimated with the 49ers’ offense as much as possible, on the way to getting the best draft pick possible. That way, the 49ers have their quarterback of the future in Garoppolo and a high pick to dangle in a trade for teams who will be looking to draft a quarterback.
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