In a shocking move this evening, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the New England Patriots have traded quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 second-round draft pick. This is the second quarterback the Patriots have traded this season, letting Jacoby Brissett go to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
The move could cause quite a few dominoes to happen here. The Patriot now have no back-up quarterback on either their active roster nor practice squad. They will need to find someone and get them up to speed quickly. I can't see Bill Belichick not having at least a candidate in mind to back-up 40-year old Tom Brady. The good news is that the Patriots have a bye-week so a little more time to get someone in the building. Expect to hear something on that soon. Colin Kaepernick may be waiting by his phone…. or not, check below for a quick update.
For the 49ers who had been hoping to get Kirk Cousins out of the Washington Redskins to reunite with new 49ers head coach Kyle Shannahan, have obviously given up on both that idea and Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard. You don't trade for someone like Garoppolo who is in his final year of his contract without the expectation of him taking the next snap. They on the other hand are not going into a bye-week. And will Garoppolo be the future of the San Francisco or is he just a stop gap?
And Cousins, who's time in Washington has been tumultuous at best, now had one lest landing spot next year. And interestingly, the Cleveland Browns pursued Garoppolo during the offseason, offering a 2nd round pick but New England declined.
There are a lot of ramifications to come from this move still. And an interesting side note, it is possible that in the next few weeks we'll have a Sunday where all three quarterbacks on the Patriots during the preseason will be starting an NFL game.
And the other shoe drops… as I was typing this up, the 49ers released Brian Hoyer who started his career with the New England Patriots. Now, as a free agent, the Patriots could sign him at a lower salary than he was playing for in San Francisco.