The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers have agreed on a deal that will send the Patriots backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a 2018 second round draft pick. New England had received multiple offers in the 2017 offseason for Garoppolo after an impressive showcase during the beginning of the 2017 season when Garoppolo started for the Patriots in the place of Tom Brady, who was serving a four game suspension at the time. The Patriots rejected these offers though, holding onto Garoppolo for the time being. They did however trade their third string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for veteran wide receiver Phillip Dorsett after Patriot receiver Julian Edelman suffered a season ending injury during one of their pre-season games.
Garoppolo only actually started two games in the 2017 season before suffering an injury and was replaced by Brissett for the remainder of Brady’s suspension. During these two games Garoppolo threw for 496 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and had a completion percentage of 71.2%. Besides these two starts, Garoppolo has little game experience which is the only thing going against him. The 49ers can only hope for the best with Garoppolo. Their new head coach Kyle Shanahan will look to bring out the best in Garoppolo as he did last season in Atlanta, coaching quarterback Matt Ryan in his MVP season.
The Patriots are now without any depth at quarterback, having traded both of their backups this season. They will definitely be looking to sign a backup from the free agency in the coming days. A couple possible options for New England could be ex Oakland Raider, Matt McGloin and Brian Hoyer who was just released by the 49ers after the completion of this trade. Hoyer was with the Patriots from 2009-2011 before spending the next six years with five different teams and signed with San Francisco this season. Hoyer had a couple successful seasons with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 (3,326 yards, 12 touchdowns) and the Houston Texans in 2015 (2,606 yards, 19 touchdowns), before only playing a total of twelve games from then up until this point. McGloin has only 1,868 yards and as many interceptions as touchdowns from his time as a backup with the Raiders, but is still a viable choice especially given the cruciality of a team’s need to have a second quarterback in case of injury to the starter.
New England gained what will most likely be a high second round pick in next years draft, which has great potential value. The only real reason seen for the Patriots to give up Garoppolo after holding onto him so tightly in the offseason is because starter Tom Brady has shown once again that he is a top quarterback in this league and there is no reason for the Patriots to take away from Garoppolo’s current value by continuing to hold onto him. You can expect the Patriots to sign someone soon as they head into their bye week. Be on the lookout for more news throughout the season.