Patriots Signing Jimmy Garoppolo After 49ers Cut Him?
Are the Patriots signing Jimmy Garoppolo after the 49ers cut him?
That is an increasingly popular prediction in some NFL circles.
This past weekend, the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs at Super Bowl 54.
Although the Niners defense came to play and did an admirable job defending against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes for as long as they could, the offense underwhelmed.
More specifically, Garoppolo put up something of a dud.
Now some are wondering whether he is really the right quarterback to lead San Francisco to a championship.
It was recently revealed that due to the way Garoppolo’s contract is structured, the 49ers could technically waive him over the next month and not owe him any cash.
That is a pretty handy out to have if you don’t believe a guy is your future.
If the Niners were to go that route and waive Garoppolo, they could then go out and target unrestricted free agent Tom Brady.
“The 49ers should dump Jimmy G and sign Tom Brady,” Skip Bayless said this week.
Bayless was not alone in thinking this. A similar proposition was discussed on ESPN’s Get Up.
“If Tom Brady wanted to go there, if the 49ers decided Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t the guy, they could move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, owe him no more money, and replace him at quarterback,” ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano said.
Should San Francisco go this route and pursue Brady, an opening would obviously become available over with the Patriots.
According to Patriots Wire, at that point, head coach Bill Belichick may go back and pick up his old backup quarterback all over again.
“Public consensus is down on Garoppolo, and justifiably so,” Patriots Wire noted.
“At 28 years old, he has shown only small signs of being more than a system quarterback in New England and San Francisco.
“But Belichick adores Garoppolo. Perhaps the coach thinks that’s enough to serve as the successor to Brady.”
Will Garoppolo ultimately get cut? Can the Niners really lure Brady to San Francisco?
The answers to both questions are probably no.
But stranger things have happened in the NFL, so nothing can be ruled out for certain.