By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The San Francisco 49ers have been in need of a franchise quarterback for quite some time. Now, the winless franchise picked up a signal-caller, who is expected to be the face of their franchise.
The 49ers acquired New England Patriots back-up Jimmy Garoppolo in a trade on Monday night. In exchange, the Patriots are receiving a 2018 second-round trade pick.
It’s the second trade on Monday. The Seattle Seahawks acquired Duane Brown in a trade with the Houston Texans.
Garoppolo has been rumored to be traded for a long-time. The Patriots administration did a lot of flip-flopping with him, as one minute they wanted to keep him and the next it seemed like they didn’t.
It was believed, as they continued to keep him, that he would replace veteran Tom Brady whenever he decides to hang up the cleats. That role will now go to somebody else as the Patriots have now traded away two young quarterbacks since August.
In addition to Garoppolo moving on, the Patriots also shipped Jacoby Brissett to be the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett has been their starter since taking over for Scott Tolzien with Andrew Luck on the sidelines.
As a member of the 49ers, it’s expected that Garoppolo will take over the starting quarterback duties. Rookie C.J. Beathard has been the starter since taking over for Brian Hoyer.
“It’s difficult for any quarterback, rookie or not,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said. “You’ve got so many guys on your roster and all those guys are banged up. I’ve got a lot of respect for some of the guys and how they handled it [Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles]. By no means did, we were extremely disappointed with how the game went, but guys like [G Zane] Beadles and [OL Erik] Magnuson to come in and play positions they never played before and to help compete, guys like [G Brandon] Fusco, who I know was struggling to stay in there to just continue to stay in there so we didn’t have to put a tight end on the O-Line.
“They were guys that really showed it was important to them and they worked very hard and they gave us a chance to function and I appreciate them that for that.”
Hoyer, who signed with the team in the off-season, is expected to be released in the coming days. Once he clears waivers, he’ll be able to sign with whoever he wants.
The 49ers have a lot of question marks moving forward. They may have checked one off with this move.
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