Report: 49ers trade for Jimmy Garoppolo

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The 49ers have tried two quarterbacks this season. They might have a third starter soon.

San Francisco pulled off a trade with the Patriots, giving up a 2018 second-round draft pick for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported.

The Patriots were expected to hold onto Garoppolo, having resisted calls about him in the past. But Garoppolo, 25, becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

He started two games last season and went 2-0 with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

In September, New England traded another backup quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, to the Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. Brissett is starting for the Colts with Andrew Luck still rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

The 49ers started veteran Brian Hoyer the first six games before rookie C.J. Beathard got his chance the past two games. Neither has won a game, with San Francisco 0-8.

100 responses to “Report: 49ers trade for Jimmy Garoppolo

  1. Wow! I suppose it’s better than taking a 38% chance on hitting on a first round quarterback. What an intriguing move by John Lynch. What will the Niners draft in the top 3 now? Saquon Barkley?

  2. Brady saying to N.E. they better get something for Jimmy because he is going to keep the bench warm for the next 5 years.Translation is Brady telling organization he is not retiring anytime soon.

  3. So, the Patriots could end up with the last pick in the first round, then the 1st pick of the 2nd round. They sure do know how to turn things in their favor.

  4. Wait… you traded away next year’s 2nd round pick for a QB that’s started about 2-3 games? And you have him signed through all of 8 games, after which he can leave? On an 0-8 team?

    Why do bad teams insist on giving the Patriots their draft picks?

  5. I like this. He’s sat behind the GOAT for a while and learned how to play. Plus the Niners have the Saints 2nd round pick so it was a good deal for them.

  6. As a GB fan, I was hoping Aaron Rodgers would demand a trade to the 9ers. With the useless Ted Thompson as GM in GB, Rodgers has no chance of winning another SB. Rodgers deserves more.

  7. San Frans 2nd round pick is will be very high, one of the first picks on day two of the draft. Garapolo was gone in free agency anyway. Good trade for NE, unless 40 year old Brady goes down.

  8. I think the talk of Darnold returning to USC and Rosen being less than stellar really increased the interest on the 49ers side.

    But man, for the Pats to unload him after all this time, it makes no sense. As great as Brady is, it seems a bit foolish to put all their eggs in a 40+ year old basket moving forward. But if Tommy was gonna stay another year, i doubt Jimmy would have resigned anyways, so maybe they finally realized it was inevitable.

    But i’ve watched Garoppolo since his days at Eastern Illinois. I’ve followed NIU for some time and i remember an early season game where Garoppolo led EIU into DeKalb, where at the time they had the NCAA record home winning streak going, and man that kid could sling. Poise, command, accuracy, mechanics, i was blown away that such a polished looking young QB was at a Div II program like that. He instantly looked more impressive than anyone from the SEC or any other power program. Just knew instantly that he had “Sundays” written all over him, and went out of my way to watch every game of his i could until he left for the draft. So for the people who say “hype over a just a few starts” or whatever, no. The promise and potential and pedigree he’s shown goes back long before New England ever selected him.

    This guy is a gamer. Straight up.

  9. Not a bad move considering the strong qb class this year san fran is most likey gonna give 2nd which is proball gonna be 33-36,37 at worst so not awful if your the Pats

  10. People compare this guy to Cassell and Mallet, but Jimmy G has more talent than Cassell and isn’t a knucklehead like Mallet. I have a good feeling about him. He’ll wind up being a very good starter IMO.

  11. I don’t get this at all. The Pats have traded away the best backup QB situation in all of football (Brissett & Garoppolo), including a potential future starter, for beans.

    Looks like they are truly casting their post-Brady fate to the wind.

    Weird for the 49ers, too. Figured it was either Cousins or a top draft pick for them. Not sure why this is better.

  12. Don’t get this on the 49ers part. You trade a 2nd round pick for a guy that has 3 starts and who contract expires at season end. The 49ers aren’t going anywhere this year, so unless the 49ers already plan on franchising him or heavily paying him regardless of his play then this could be a 8 game rental.

  13. Just tells you that the Pats ALREADY know who their drafting or trading for.the only question that cant plan for is brady getting hurt now which would be unfortunate for anyone let alone him/

  14. ctiggs says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm
    the march for six begins Sept 2018 lets go!
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    Nobody wants to play for that wretched franchise. He will leave as soon as possible.

  15. Yeah the Mallett and Cassel and Hoyer or whatever other NE backup comparisons are useless.

    Mallett was an entitled arrogant meathead who had no work ethic. Garoppolo is a humble grounded hard worker who’s always had to climb uphill to earn his chances.

    Cassel was a career backup even in college and was barely regarded at all in the draft. Garoppolo was a leader who started for years and elevated everyone around him.

    Hoyer was a physically limited undrafted obvious backup caliber band-aid player who was briefly shoehorned into a couple starting roles by desperate teams. Garoppolo has every tool and trait you could ask for and was highly regarded in the draft, even retained for years by a team who didn’t even need him because he was so respected and viewed as a suitable heir to the GOAT.

    Just because the same team drafted them doesn’t make them the same players. Garoppolo is miles above all those guys and it’s not even a debate. If that’s the only way you can think of to analyze Garoppolo’s merits as a player then honestly don’t even bother.

  16. Wow.. just.. wow.

    I can only assume that BB is stockpiling picks to trade for a very early 1st round pick next year to take a QB. Ballsy move, Bill.

    I’m off to go sacrifice a chicken in the name of Brady staying healthy.

  17. 49er fan here…OK, this is confusing. Did Lynch/Shanahan just trade away a 2nd rd pick for eight games of Jimmy G. (sorry don’t know how to spell his last name yet)? Come on, he’s not going to re-sign with the 49ers after the season, is he? Why would he, I mean really? I’m hoping that somehow they got a “promise”from him that he’d re-sign after the season. But, somehow that doesn’t seem possible. And, then, if not, what a crazy gamble of a thing to do by the 9ers, to basically give away a 2nd rd pick. Now, with a better QB, are they going to win just enough games to lose the #1(or 2) pick? Also, a side thought…without an OL with substance, Jimmy G. could end up getting killed back there, too. I’m not sure I get this one…not now, anyway. Can anyone help to make this understandable?

  18. So hoodie kept looking at his backups this year, decided both were in the Matt Cadwell or Brian Hoyer range rather than Brady and decide to move both

  19. What’s to stop this guy from signing back with the Pats in the offseason? Is BB that devious????

  20. All I have to say is a big LOL to all the Patriot fans who kept saying that Brady was going to retire (or get cut, which they actually tried to make the case) and Garoppolo would just step in and they’d keep cruising along.

    Now they want to spin it as if their draft picks will land them another Brady…another big LOL!

  21. “HeSaidSheSaid says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    We should have at least gotten Hoyer as part of the deal. I’ve learned to give BB the benefit of the doubt, but this one is tough to swallow.”

    Why?? San Fran is on the hook for the guaranteed $9.85Mil… if BB wants him can sign him for vet minimum, now.

    9ers are complete buffoons if an extension wasn’t part of the trade deal and JG can walk away in 9 weeks.

  22. No way Jimmy G is worth aything less than a 1st rounder. In Bill we trust, but ths is Playing with fire thinking Brady is going to carry your team with NO BACKUP. Not to mention the next 2-3 years?!?!

  23. I’ve never been a Niners fan, but at 0-8, I hope it works out for them. You gotta risk those bold moves sometimes to win. Maybe the kid flames out, maybe not. I’m not sure I trust Kyle as his HC, but I’d rather have this kid than draft one of those kids coming out next year.

  24. What this says most of all is that Brady doesn’t plan on retiring until at least his current contract expires after the 2019 season (sorry salty haters) or longer. And after this year JimmyG will command a typically-silly big salary next year of the sort that teams are throwing at QBs – one the Pats can’t match given needs elsewhere. Surprised Hoyer wasn’t included in the deal, but BB surely doesn’t intend having just one QB the rest of the season so must have someone planned.

  25. pkrjones says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    “HeSaidSheSaid says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    We should have at least gotten Hoyer as part of the deal. I’ve learned to give BB the benefit of the doubt, but this one is tough to swallow.”

    Why?? San Fran is on the hook for the guaranteed $9.85Mil… if BB wants him can sign him for vet minimum, now.

    9ers are complete buffoons if an extension wasn’t part of the trade deal and JG can walk away in 9 weeks.
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    Do you Pats fans honestly believe they would trade him to an organization that he can be the QB for the next 10 years and instead just walk away and go back to being a backup? If that’s the case you’re truly as delusional as the rest of America thinks you are.

  26. htown1035 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm
    All I have to say is a big LOL to all the Patriot fans who kept saying that Brady was going to retire..
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    LOL! Where did you get that nonsense from?! No hordes of “all Pats fans” were saying any such thing – most of them think/hope/pray Brady will go on to 45 at GOAT level. But they liked seeing JimmyG back there in case Brady faded. The media kept raising the GOAT-to-JimmyG succession, and haters kept raising hopes of Brady retiring – but not Pats fans, they want the GOAT immortal.

  27. I don’t think this precludes them from going after Cousins if he is available. The key here is will they sign Garrapolo to a big long term deal now. I suspect this is a low risk audition and then they can lock him in later if he does well.

  28. Or… SF turns around by the deadline tomorrow and trades Garrapolo to the Redskins straight up for Cousins.

  29. jazynaz says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:05 pm
    49er fan here…OK, this is confusing. Did Lynch/Shanahan just trade away a 2nd rd pick for eight games of Jimmy G. (sorry don’t know how to spell his last name yet)? Come on, he’s not going to re-sign with the 49ers after the season, is he?

    I’m not sure I get this one…not now, anyway. Can anyone help to make this understandable?
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    The Niners have acres of cap room, Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere even if they have to tag him. He will either play for SF next year or he will not be playing anywhere. You just acquired your QB of the future. He is not only physically gifted but he’s got good leadership skills and excellent field vision. The only question mark is durability and there’s going to be a lot of good FA o-line help this off season to help address that.

  30. We’re seeing in Indianapolis why Bill Belichick decided he didn’t need Jacoby Brissett, and we’ll soon be seeing in San Francisco why Belichick decided to part ways with Garoppolo. The most shocking admission to me is that John Lynch doesn’t trust in his own ability to draft a top young QB. But it’s a win, win. The Patriots will keep winning, and the York’s will keep distracting.

  31. SF has nothing to play for this year and could of still had Garoppolo for nothing. I’m curious if the 9ers sign a long term deal quickly or do they play a wait and see for a few games and wonder if other teams drove the price up. Not sure why SF is wanting to win now when the rest of the season is pointless

  32. The most notable thing about this is that at half time in a Chiefs-Broncos game, the dominating talk was of the Pats trading their backup QB – their BACKUP. And it could just have easily dominated half time of an Eagles-Cowboys game, or whoever. Sorry other teams, your prime-time matchups just arent as interesting as New England’s backups movements.

  33. streetyson says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    htown1035 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm
    All I have to say is a big LOL to all the Patriot fans who kept saying that Brady was going to retire..
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    LOL! Where did you get that nonsense from?! No hordes of “all Pats fans” were saying any such thing – most of them think/hope/pray Brady will go on to 45 at GOAT level. But they liked seeing JimmyG back there in case Brady faded. The media kept raising the GOAT-to-JimmyG succession, and haters kept raising hopes of Brady retiring – but not Pats fans, they want the GOAT immortal.

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    Way to take pieces of what I said. Pats fans definitely kept posting here and everywhere else that if Brady retires or gets cut that Garoppolo would just step in and keep on winning. Deny it all you want but I remember belly laughing at it each time it was brought up. Oh and yes he will retire eventually, maybe sooner than later but it will happen.

  34. My Packers are so hard up for a QB, we should have traded for Jimmy Garoppolo. Maybe we tried. Maybe he wouldn’t come here. No matter what we offered. Even though Aaron is more than on the decline. We just don’t have a good enough team to attract any half way decent QB.

  35. ronrivers says:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm
    Wait… you traded away next year’s 2nd round pick for a QB that’s started about 2-3 games? And you have him signed through all of 8 games, after which he can leave? On an 0-8 team?

    Why do bad teams insist on giving the Patriots their draft picks?

    Actually a win win for both, although with Brissett and Jimmy G. gone, I don’t know who the Patriots backup QB is.

    The 49ers get ahead of the game. I don’t think Jimmy G. will be a bust, but using this already shot season to work the new guy in now means you dont have to do it in June and July next year.

  36. I like it. SF gets their QB of the future,NE gets 2nd round pick,which they will make good use of. I wonder if Belichick has any other deals in the works. A pass rusher or another receiver if Hogan’s shoulder injury is serious? I don’t think he’s done yet.

  37. The Pats were seeking a forefeiture-protected 1st round pick in next year’s draft, but could not find any takers.

  38. “Hoodie is about to sign Kap! Brace yourself Boston!”

    LOL – If Coach signs Kap and turns him into the most flag-saluting Patriot you ever saw, the league will look the other way for years to come for any creative “strategies” the Hoodie can scheme up.

  39. OMG. I would have thought they could have traded him before the season and got more, especially around draft time. He’s the real deal. A 2nd is going to look like a bargain down the road if they can protect him, put some peices around him, and Shanahan’s system is a match for him. I think it will be, as Jimmy G is very athletic. Not much he can’t do. The one thing he did besides scramble that was better than Tom, from a physical standpoint, was throw outside the numbers. They guy has a rocket arm. He showed he was a good decision maker when he played with the regulars as well. Having said all that, the plan is for Jimmy G to sign with the Pats in the off season. Lolzzz….

  40. Am I’m the only one on this planet who think something doesn’t feel right that Brady is playing like a 25 year old in a 40 year old body?

  41. Terrible move by the 49ers. No guarantees Jimmy will even sign with them after this season. So they lose a 2nd round pick for a guy who plays maybe 7 games.

    I guess the niners got tired of getting Beat Hard …

  42. Am I’m the only one on this planet who think something doesn’t feel right that Brady is playing like a 25 year old in a 40 year old body?

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    Of course not. He’s throwing ducks and checkdowns for 2 yards the whole time!

  43. If the 49er’s like him and Garoppolo wants to go back to NE, then they can franchise him. Make BB pay up the nose and get your 2nd round, plus two 1st rounders.

  44. wib22 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 10:55 pm
    Am I’m the only one on this planet who think something doesn’t feel right that Brady is playing like a 25 year old in a 40 year old body?

    **
    Of course not. He’s throwing ducks and checkdowns for 2 yards the whole time!

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    Baseball season is almost over then you can start watching football games.

  45. 7 4 Rate This
    htown1035 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 10:08 pm.

    Way to take pieces of what I said. Pats fans definitely kept posting here and everywhere else that if Brady retires or gets cut that Garoppolo would just step in and keep on winning. Deny it all you want but I remember belly laughing at it each time it was brought up. Oh and yes he will retire eventually, maybe sooner than later but it will happen.

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    Ill give you that, because I was one of them. And I still think JG could have stepped in after Brady retires and the Patriots could keep on winning. But I am not privy to what goes on in the facility. Its possible they were having trouble in contract talks because unless Brady is on the verge of hanging it up the Patriots really have to stick to backup money in their offers and its understandable if JG would rather wait for market value in the spring, given how high that will be. So its a good move to just do this now and get the pick rather than lose him for nothing after the season. And BTW, after the season the Patriots will still have the same shot at him that they would have had if they had kept him. Its either to be ir not to be but at least now they have that pick.

    I wont lie, Im concerned not havimg anything after Brady. But I can still see how this was the best move and while nothing is definite the Patriots organization still has some of the best minds in the game working on how to play the cards going forward.

    Note – if Brady does actually play for a couple more years then all this was moot. Nobody in any of the discussions is better to have than if Brady just keeps going.

  46. Wow you guys are muppets.

    Obviously the NIners will sign him long term or franchise him for a season. He won’t be leaving after 8 games. SMH

  47. gysot says:
    October 30, 2017 at 9:19 pm
    Remember when the pats homers thought he was worth 2 first round picks.
    =
    And every football expert analyst type on TV, radio, print etc.

  48. Not impressed. They made him look good for ~4 games, so if the Claras want to overpay him, they’re welcome to make that mistake.

  49. How many former Patriot players have had success out side the Patriots system? One Adam Vinateri won a Super Bowl with the Colts. All the rest have pretty bombed. Even the coaches Charlie Weis?

  50. A 49ers 2nd rounder is almost a late first rounder so I guess that’s ok. Jimmy G’s value was higher in the off season, but the prospect of tagging him after the season is what diminished his value a bit.

  51. None of the Patriot backup QBs have done anything outside that system. Kind of makes you wonder how well the golden boy would do on another team.

  52. tonyo35 says:

    October 31, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    None of the Patriot backup QBs have done anything outside that system. Kind of makes you wonder how well the golden boy would do on another team.

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    To be fair, Cassel’s best year was with Kansas City, not New England. And the “golden boy” has had success with a wildly fluctuating amount of talent to throw to, from Reche Caldwell as his WR1 to Moss and Gronk. I think Brady would be a great QB anywhere. But his career might have turned out more like Brees’ instead where the team/coach weren’t as good as he is.

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