So the NFL trading deadline is Tuesday afternoon and many teams are inquiring, making, or already have made trades this far. There has been a big trade just announced, which can mean so much for the parties involved.
According to Adam Schefter, the New England Patriots are trading Tom Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo, to the San Francisco 49ers for what appears to be a 2nd-round pick in next year’s draft.
Wow is what comes to mind when hearing about this trade. Garropolo has been the butt of many trade rumors the past couple of seasons because of the uncertainty of Tom Brady’s longevity. Brady has been playing like a guy in his late 20’s-early 30’s the past few years. At 40 years of age, he’s still at the top of his game and still one of the best quarterbacks statistically in the league. The decision to trade Garoppolo now to me solidifies that the Patriots believe Tom Brady can give them some more quality, Super Bowl years. Brady has said in multiple interviews his goals ate to play well into his 40’s, 45 being the most reasonable age, but has jokingly said he’d love to play until he’s 50. I don’t know about 50, but we’ve seen Brett Favre play well into his 40’s and put together some good seasons before his official retirement.
There’s no telling what the Patriots could’ve gotten some time before when the rumors were hot, but a 2nd round pick in next year’s draft was enough for the Patriots to cut ties with the talented backup. I think the Patriots also believed that it was time for Garoppolo to blossom somewhere else where he can start and put his skills on display and what better place than a team that has QB problems than the San Francisco 49ers?
Now the Patriots have to find a new backup quarterback because as the roster stands, they have no other backup. They had shipped Jacoby Brissett off to the Indianapolis Colts before the season started and I thought they would keep Garoppolo for the year because of that move, but the Patriots have finally decided to let go.
As for the 49ers, we have to give GM John Lynch a lot of credit. No front office experience, was getting ridiculed by the public because he wasn’t experienced, but look at the moves he’s made. If we go to this year’s draft, he suckered the Chicago Bears into trading up one spot and taking multiple draft picks from them and were able to draft Solomon Thomas out of Stanford and Reuben Foster out of Alabama, 2 solid defensive players. They decided to defer from drafting a quarterback because the stock was so low, but maybe a trade like this was on the back of their minds for a while now. I believe Lynch believed knew the 49ers were going to be so bad that they were able to manage having a losing record for good draft position next year AND make a deadline deal for Garoppolo and they didn’t have to give up a 1st rounder to do so.
A 2nd-rounder is valuable, but just because the team isn’t that great right now, they are in a position to groom and home-grow their talent, which can ultimately build some stars. Lynch is doing a phenomenal job right now and the 49ers is a team of the future, not the present. Jimmy G could be their starter for a long time and put up some big numbers if Lynch surrounds him with the right personnel. With guys like Martavis Bryant wanting out of Pittsburgh, Jarvis Landry becoming a free agent at season’s end, Alshon Jeffrey being a free agent at season’s end and other receiving depth, Lynch may not be done adding valuable depth. It could be now, it could be later, but right now he has done a great job.