Jimmy Garoppolo wants to be 49ers’ franchise QB as much as they want him to be

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Jimmy Garoppolo smiled and posed with his No. 10 jersey Tuesday after arriving in San Francisco. He seemingly enjoyed the moment.

But the former Patriots backup, obtained in a trade by the 49ers a day earlier, wasn’t prepared to talk about the future.

“I just got off the plane like an hour ago,” Garoppolo said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I haven’t even thought about that, to be honest.”

Garoppolo is in the final year of his rookie deal. The 49ers can sign him to a long-term deal before the start of free agency or, if that fails, they can place the franchise tag on him.

The deal was not made for this season but for the future.

“We brought him here because we want him to be the quarterback of the future,” coach Kyle Shanahan said.

With the trade deadline approaching and Garoppolo’s free agency looming, the 49ers had a decision to make. Could they afford to risk waiting until March and hope to sign him? San Francisco concluded Garoppolo was worth the second-round pick they sent to the Patriots.

“Second-round picks are very valuable in this league, especially where we are as an organization,” 49ers General Manager John Lynch said. “And, so, this is the guy we wanted. And we were willing to give what we thought was a very valuable commodity in exchange for him.

“We thought about if for about 10 minutes and said, ‘This is too good of an opportunity to not take advantage of.’ So we jumped at it.”

39 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo wants to be 49ers’ franchise QB as much as they want him to be

  1. Chances are that Garoppolo will wind up with a career like Matt Cassel after the Patriots traded him.

  2. “We thought about if for about 10 minutes”

    That quote’s gonna get abused sooner than Lynch can imagine.

  3. “Remember the last time a Patriots backup went on to become a great QB?”

    Yeah! Some guy named Brady.

  4. mrbiggstuff says:
    October 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    Remember the last time a Patriots backup went on to become a great QB?

    Yeah. Me neither.

    Tom Brady was a Patriots backup.

  5. Mallet, Cassell, Brissett ect….ect.. I dislike the Patriots but i will be the first to say, those lads sure know how to do their homework and evaluate players. 49ers should’ve kept that draft pick.

  6. mrbiggstuff says:
    October 31, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    Remember the last time a Patriots backup went on to become a great QB? Yeah. Me neither.
    I think you mean “no, me neither” – but anyway, yes I remember some guy named Brady, drafted as the 4th QB, Bledsoe’s 3rd backup. You must bear in mind that it’s only the best of the best who even make it into the NFL, let alone start. Out of the 11 QBs drafted by Belichick in NE (well, 10, plus the undrafted Hoyer) 8 have gone on to start a game and 6 (Brady, Brissett, Garroplo, Mallett, Hoyer, Cassell) are still playing as starter or backup! Of the other 3, two got injured (Kingsbury and O’Connell) but got into NFL or college coaching, leaving just one (Robinson) but even he hung around various rosters for a few more years. That’s an unprecidented success rate – how many other teams can you name who have developed 6 of today’s QBs in the NFL? None.

  7. You forget but the last backup QB for the Patriots who went on to become great is none other than Tom Brady himself. He backed up Drew Bledsoe before he took over for NE.

  8. So, it’s going to cost them a second round pick to test drive him for half a season. Actually not bad when you consider the Texans spent a second rounder and a boatload of cash for BO. At least the Niners can move on if they don’t like what they see….

  9. Lots of comparisons between Jimmy G and Matt Cassel… but as a lifelong Patriots fan, I don’t see the comparison.

    Matt Cassel went 11-5 (starting 15 of them) in 2008/09, but for the first few of them, he definitely looked like a young inexperienced backup (taking sacks when he should have just gotten rid of it, etc). Jimmy Garoppolo, on the other hand, looked like a guy in command of the (complex) offense when he got a couple of starts last season (roughly the same point in his career as Cassel was at the time). Plus, Garoppolo has a level of mobility Cassel didn’t have, at least based on a couple of starts.

    Lastly, say what you want about Cassel, but he’s a guy who was a SEVENTH round pick and career backup at USC… and he’s STILL in the league. That’s not a bad career at all.

  10. People saying Kyle Shanahan didn’t want Cousins. I think this means Kyle Shanahan didn’t think Washington would let him go. He’s in a no lose try out phase with Jimmy. Cousins only has one more season to be in any way controlled by Redskins. No way Cousins does long term deal unless it’s an insane offer. He can give some team a discount in 2018.

  11. lastl00 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Will he be better than Deshaun Watson? Because that’s who they should’ve picked last year.
    Yes, that decision does seem easier now with the benefit of hindsight.

  12. I hope he makes sure to put those special pads the make for your back on order, because playing Seattle and the Rams will guarantee a lot of QB hits. I give him half a season, and after playing those two teams, if he’s still functional I’ll be surprised.

  13. lastloo

    The question is not “will he better than Watson.” The question is, ” will he AND Reuben Foster AND Solomon Thomas AND next year’s Saints 2nd round pick AND next year’s 3rd round pick be better than Watson. ”

    As for the people comparing him to Cassell, there is no causal connection, and what’s more, the Patriots actually tried repeatedly to sign Garoppolo long term, but he kept turning them down because he wants to play now.

  14. Lets see: trade the promising backup QB b/c your starter never gets hurt. Oh, by the way… your starter thinks he can play til he’s 45. Sounds logical to me.

  15. I’m still dumbfounded by this. The Browns have 1st round picks and they are hot for JG. The Browns must have really played some games to lose out here.

    A single 2nd round pick seems like we got bent over because the window was closing.

  16. “Nothing says “I want to be your future” like the statement “I just got off the plane about an hour ago”.”


    Yeah, that was his reply to some nosy reporter, not to anyone on the team.

  17. Hey they gave us Jerry rice. Telll me they didn’t regret that bill also trade. But they got Brady who wanted to lay here and we got Gino carmazzi or some such person. Let’s believe in the former, not the later.

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