Will the 49ers make a play for Tom Brady?

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The powers-that-be in Santa Clara have said and done all the right things in the 29 days since the 49ers lost the Super Bowl regarding the future of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. But plenty of teams say one thing in February and do something else in March. Given that the 49ers have until April 1 (when $15.7 million in salary becomes fully guaranteed) to make a final decision about Garoppolo for 2020, it’s impossible to completely rule out an attempt to upgrade from a guy who had an opportunity to make a Championship Throw with 100 seconds left in the NFL’s 100th season.

I’ve mentioned multiple times here and elsewhere the question of whether the 49ers should be interested in Tom Brady, who grew up a fan of the team and who attended “The Catch” game that vaulted the 49ers to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. Does anyone believe Brady would have missed Emmanuel Sanders with a championship on the line? Does anyone believe the 49ers wouldn’t have been in position for Brady to attempt that throw if he and not Garoppolo had been the quarterback all year long?

The speculation of Brady to the 49ers won’t go away, even after G.M. John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear last week that Garoppolo is their guy. Peter King addresses the subject in his post-Combine Football Morning in America column, and it’s smart to keep one eye on the Niners as March 18 approaches. That said, I’ll disagree with Peter on one key point: There’s no way the 49ers would keep both Brady and Garoppolo. If Brady arrives, it would be the ultimate Peyton-Manning-takes-the-field-and-Brock-Osweiler-reacts-with-body-language moment. The 49ers wouldn’t be able to afford both players, and Garoppolo wouldn’t want to stay. (Brady probably wouldn’t want him there, either.)

Garoppolo would be traded. (Possibly back to the Patriots.) And he’d arrive at his new team with an affordable $25.4 million compensation package for 2020, plus the next year at $25.5 million and then one more season at $25.6 million. The 49ers would absorb a cap charge of only $4.2 million, thanks to a low signing bonus.

And here’s the key prerequisite the 49ers pursuing Brady: Is that what Brady affirmatively wants? It’s one thing for the 49ers to say “we’re fine with our guy” in a vacuum. Once a guy like Brady makes it clear that he’s interested, everything changes.

What if the 49ers say “we’re fine with your former backup” to Brady? What if it eventually gets out that the 49ers passed on Brady? What if Garoppolo doesn’t deliver a Super Bowl win in San Francisco in 2020 and Brady does, wherever he ends up? No matter how things go this year or next (or in 2022 if Brady truly plays three more years), what team in their right mind would say no to the G.O.A.T.?

Yes, Brady’s going to be 43 in August. But which quarterback gives the team the better chance to win a Super Bowl this year, the guy who has won six of them or the guy who had a chance to put the 49ers up 27-24 late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV, and couldn’t get it done?

Consider this quote from Tom Brady to Jim Gray of Westwood One regarding Garoppolo, from the Super Bowl LIV pregame show: “He’s got a great opportunity to go out there today and prove it. That’s when you really get to see whether someone’s capable or not.”

The end result from Super Bowl LIV for Garoppolo was “not.” The end result from six prior Super Bowls for Brady was “capable.”

55 responses to “Will the 49ers make a play for Tom Brady?

  1. This would be the worst possible move SF could make. All this Brady speculation has gotten completely out of control.

  2. Half the QBs in the league would not have missed Sanders. There is a reason why Jimmy G had the lowest Average Depth of Target of all QBS over the past 10 YEARS this season. Throwing downfield isn’t one of his attributes and it’s why he went 2-9 (with 2 short completions) when he needed to move the ball downfield.

  3. This is such a ridiculous debate. If Jimmy G had won the Superbowl, we wouldn’t be talking about this. We would be questioning whether Andy Reid is the right coach in Kansas City. This was Jimmy G’s first full year as a starter. He threw for almost 4,000 yards and 27 tds. He had a couple game winning drives, too. Pittsburgh, Arizona and New Orleans games come to mind. The Niners were supposed to be 8-8 at best and they got to the Superbowl. Yeah, it sucks they lost but it was a great season no matter what. This is all media hype. I love Tom Brady but he’s 43. He’s not the answer in San Fran. Maybe Jimmy G stinks it up next year and then there will be questions. Nobody who paid attention to the Niners should be questioning this. Jimmy G is the future for the Niners, and it’s not even debatable.

  4. The biggest QB carousel the league will ever see and it appears Brady is the key to starting its rotation….

  5. This makes too much sense. Brady and Jimmy G switch teams. Brady gets to play for another genuine contender, and BB gets Jimmy back (he never wanted to trade him, but someone had to go, for salary cap reasons). Please make this happen, it would be so fun to watch.

  6. He is the GOAT, but he wouldn’t be an upgrade to most NFL teams at this point in his career. Jimmy G isn’t great, but he can be good enough for them. This is just a stupid idea.

  7. Ridiculous. Fanning the flames over one play. jimmy G? What happened to the “D” when SF had an uncomfortable lead? Could not hold it.

  8. Of course Tom Brady could have missed him. He missed a wide open Wes Welker in SB or he would be 7-2. He is human. And while a young 42, still 42.

  9. When your QB (in his first full year on the job) gets you to the Super Bowl you don’t replace him. There is no guarantee that Brady will perform as well in a different system either.

    The 49ers organization is still slapping themselves on the back, and have dynasty stars in their eyes. Even if Brady could win them a Super Bowl in 2020 that would be short sighted to hire him, and eat the Garropolo investment.

  10. Just looked the numbers of Garappolo and who he was close to.
    PFF ranked Garapolo 14/39 in passing grade (a little bit lower than Tom Brady who ranked 12th).
    In passer rating Garappolo ranked 11/39 and Brady 25/39.
    Garappolo is 28th and was coming back from an injury. Brady is 43 and while his career has been unbelievable is starting to decline.
    This move would make some sense if Brady was 10 years younger.
    But not now.

  11. Brady back with the Patriots along with a refreshed Rob Gronkowski, the defense fairly intact, and a reformed Antonio Brown and guess what.

    They win the Super Bowl…again.

  12. We all realize that TB 12 is on the last leg of his career. Still, he’s better than most QBs in the NFL. 99.9% chance that he’s staying in NE. However, BB could make it work with some of the QBs Brady would replace. Jimmy G and Carr for example. Red Rocket? I don’t know. Trubisky is an all-time bust.

  13. I can’t see them getting rid of Garoppolo even if it means signing Brady. Garoppolo has many years ahead of him and he’ll get better. Brady is in the twilight of his career and although he could probably win a Super Bowl for them next year is it worth getting rid of some guy who might be there for ten years and possibly bring them more than one Super Bowl? I don’t think this would make any sense for the 49ers. This isn’t Brady from fifteen years ago. He’s 43.

  14. What makes you think Brady would’ve made that throw or if Emmanuel would’ve caught it. As a Seahawks fan I would LOVE for the Niners to take a declining Brady it would be the absolute worst thing they could do for the team and would affect them for years to come. I just don’t see Lynch making the same mistake Elway did in Denver.

  15. I think it would be the biggest coup B.B ever pulled off if it happened. Who cares if Brady delivers the 9ers back to the promised land can you imagine if the opponent was the Patriots. Holy cow the internet would explode. A 9ers/Patriots Superbowl featuring the greatest of all time quarterbacking his childhood team against his former mentor Bill Belichick, and his former backup who was traded away only to be traded back. The storylines would be Hollywood legend, and it would be the most watched Superbowl of all time

  16. Oh, wouldn’t that be a great look?
    After Brady forcing the Pats to trade Jimmy from New England, then he comes to San Fran and have him Garoppoloed out of town off another team.

  17. pbdisciple says:
    March 2, 2020 at 11:27 am
    Of course Tom Brady could have missed him. He missed a wide open Wes Welker in SB or he would be 7-2. He is human. And while a young 42, still 42.
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    That was a very catchable ball. I put that on Welker not Brady. Its always tough when someone who has made so many incredible and even game saving plays for your team whiffs at a moment like that. (Julian Edelman has entered the chat)

  18. This has shades of the Peyton Manning to Texans rumor when he was on his way out of Indy. Manning stated he wanted to play in Houston, but Kubiak and Rick Smith stuck with their guy Matt Schaub instead. Schaub was coming off a Lisfranc injury, but when he was healthy looked to have the Texans in contention for a playoff run. Manning was also coming off multiple neck surgeries and there were questions about if the spinal fusions would be a hindrance to his play.

    We know how the story ended. Schaub played 2 more seasons in Houston, becoming a pick 6 machine in his last, while Manning played in 2 Super Bowls for Denver and won 1.

  19. Take groomed QB that just got you to a Super Bowl and trade him away? That makes no sense. Jimmy G had a sub par 11 min, but that was his first shot. You have to give him a chance to get back there. It would be a massive risk to sign Brady and you would still need to have a another guy ready to go.

  20. This is another reason I don’t like Tom Brady. Bill B. had his next 10 years of winning lined up with Jimmy G. But Tommy was too much of a cry baby, told Papa Kraft to kick Jimmy out of the house so he could have his own room. Bill B. was mad, because he KNEW Jimmy G. was going to give them another decade of winning. THEN, after Tommy gets his way and his rival is shipped off to SF, then Tommy QUITS on his team! If I was Bill B. I’d be so mad. Papa Kraft still feels bad for getting rid of Drew B. all these years later that he doesn’t want to do it to Tommy. Bill saw it all coming.

  21. 1. 49ers sign Tom Brady

    2. 49ers trade Garoppol to the Patriots

    3. 49ers go 01-6 and lose early in the playoffs.

    4. Brady retires.

    5. Belichick smiles.

  22. Yes, if only to create internal turmoil when Brady either remains with the Pats (most likely scenario) or goes elsewhere.

  23. Guy Hence says:
    March 2, 2020 at 11:21 am
    Ridiculous. Fanning the flames over one play. jimmy G? What happened to the “D” when SF had an uncomfortable lead? Could not hold it.

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    But it’s not one play. He went 2-9 with only 2 short completions when the pressure was on and he needed to move the ball downfield.

  24. johnnycantread says:
    March 2, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Oh, wouldn’t that be a great look?
    After Brady forcing the Pats to trade Jimmy from New England, then he comes to San Fran and have him Garoppoloed out of town off another team.

    ——

    Yup, Brady forced him out. Wasn’t because of the contract Jimmy signed, and the Pats had ZERO clue that he wanted that much money. Not at all.

    I am more curious as to who is the next team that will be rumored out there? I am going to go with the Jets or Bills.

  25. I pray my team say NO! Haven’t met a fan in Titan Town who would even want TB12 here!

  26. chillyball says:
    March 2, 2020 at 11:59 am
    This is another reason I don’t like Tom Brady. Bill B. had his next 10 years of winning lined up with Jimmy G. But Tommy was too much of a cry baby, told Papa Kraft to kick Jimmy out of the house so he could have his own room. Bill B. was mad, because he KNEW Jimmy G. was going to give them another decade of winning. THEN, after Tommy gets his way and his rival is shipped off to SF, then Tommy QUITS on his team! If I was Bill B. I’d be so mad. Papa Kraft still feels bad for getting rid of Drew B. all these years later that he doesn’t want to do it to Tommy. Bill saw it all coming.
    ——————-
    You do realize that Brady went to both SBs after the Jimmy G trade right? Won 1 of them and should have won both. A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush, right? Jimmy G has been the only QB Belichick has drafted to replace Brady, so he’s 1 for 1. I’m sure he can do it again.

  27. No way do I give up ten plus years of jimmy g for two years of past his prime tom Brady.

  28. This is another reason I don’t like Tom Brady. Bill B. had his next 10 years of winning lined up with Jimmy G. But Tommy was too much of a cry baby, told Papa Kraft to kick Jimmy out of the house so he could have his own room. Bill B. was mad, because he KNEW Jimmy G. was going to give them another decade of winning. THEN, after Tommy gets his way and his rival is shipped off to SF, then Tommy QUITS on his team! If I was Bill B. I’d be so mad. Papa Kraft still feels bad for getting rid of Drew B. all these years later that he doesn’t want to do it to Tommy. Bill saw it all coming.
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    Umm, after Brady “got his way” the Pats went to back to back SBs, winning one. The one they lost, Brady played lights out and was MVP that season. Jimmy G. has not proven he is a winner and may never be. Again, keeping Brady was and continues to be the right answer. We can revisit this in 10 years, but I don’t see that narrative changing.

  29. Does anyone believe Brady would have missed Emmanuel Sanders with a championship on the line? – I do. Brady is 42 and can’t throw down field anymore.

  30. Clara can’t even beat Seattle.Tommy would be smart to come over though. There is no defense in the NFC West

  31. “Brady back with the Patriots along with a refreshed Rob Gronkowski, the defense fairly intact, and a reformed Antonio Brown and guess what.”

    You’re dreaming if you think Gronk is coming back or that the Pats would ever let Brown back on the team. Its good to have dreams but you might want to have ones that are a little more realistic

  32. Brady for two years or Jimmy for the next decade. Why would you go away from Jimmy? The 49ers have the team to make another run. Better play calling late in the game would’ve gotten them the Lombardi.

  33. Dealing with the Pats is like going to a car lot – you have to be very careful.

  34. johnnycantread says:
    March 2, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Oh, wouldn’t that be a great look?
    After Brady forcing the Pats to trade Jimmy from New England, then he comes to San Fran and have him Garoppoloed out of town off another team.

    ———————

    Who forced? The trade deadline and the salary cap forced that trade and neither was something Brady had added to football.

  35. amaf21 says:
    March 2, 2020 at 12:27 pm
    Does anyone believe Brady would have missed Emmanuel Sanders with a championship on the line? – I do. Brady is 42 and can’t throw down field anymore.

    ——————————
    Right into his last game Brady was still dropping dimes all three times somebody got open.

  36. jackedupboonie says:
    March 2, 2020 at 12:32 pm
    Clara can’t even beat Seattle.Tommy would be smart to come over though. There is no defense in the NFC West
    ——
    Except they did beat Seattle, went farther than Seattle and had one of the best defenses in football. Do you even watch games?

  37. The 49ers had a front-row seat to watching “the next big thing” Goff get his team to the big game then deuce the duvet the following season. If the Rams could have a do-over and exchange Goff for Brady, you think they would not? Would a Brady-led Rams team have missed the playoffs this past year?

    So yeah, the 49ers are thinking about that. I agree with most people here though, they won’t, because 8-10 years of a pretty good shot is better than 1-2 years of a great shot.

  38. More than likely I will not get posted as I say once more this is all a waste of time and energy, who care where or what he does it is all a fantasy

  39. Brady isn’t going anywhere. He knows he’ll get exposed as a fraud if he leaves Belicheat.

  40. Could “Keeping up with Brady” replace “Keeping up with The Kardashians”

  41. Why would they give up a good 28 year old QB for a below avg 43 year old QB? Makes no sense.

  42. thefox61 says:
    March 2, 2020 at 11:41 am
    What makes you think Brady would’ve made that throw or if Emmanuel would’ve caught it. As a Seahawks fan I would LOVE for the Niners to take a declining Brady it would be the absolute worst thing they could do for the team and would affect them for years to come. I just don’t see Lynch making the same mistake Elway did in Denver.

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    Also, the game didn’t really come down to 1 throw. The 49ers had many opportunities to move the ball in the 4th and failed as a team. Coaching was bad, OL was bad, WRs were bad, QB was bad. Even the D couldn’t even come close to getting a stop. The whole team was bad for 11 min. It’s not on Jimmy only. It would be crazy to move away from him.

  43. nagyisterrible ??? What a moron. frauds do not win 6 titles and go to 9 Super Bowls in 19 years. They are also not at the top in most career passing records as Brady is. They also do not rally their team from 28-3 under the highest pressure of a super bowl. Do you even watch the games moron ? Cause you sound like those other idiots who mouth system QB as Brady wins super bowl after super bowl. Your Brady envy is rotting your brain. You would have a complete difference in opinion if Brady played for your team for 20 years and won 6 titles and played in 8 straight championship games. I get it he beats your team so you hate him. I get it. But denying the greatest QB of all tie his due is just foolish and childish. dislike Brady all you want but do not make excuses for his unparalleled success. it just makes you look like you do not know NFL history or the game at all. Save the whining for Oprah. There is no crying in football. COMPETE !

  44. “Does anyone believe Brady would have missed Emmanuel Sanders with a championship on the line?”

    You mean how he threw behind Welker making an easy completion extremely difficult? And people still blame Wes for not covering up Brady’s bad throw.

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