WOW! On Monday evening (PST), ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the huge news that the 49ers were trading for New England Patriots second-string quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers have two second-round picks — their own and one from the New Orleans Saints. They are giving up their own second-round pick, which will be the higher of the two, but at least they still have another one to work with. Whatever way you break it down, San Francisco looks to have come out as the beneficiary of this trade. Also when you consider it was reported that the Patriots were said to be asking for two first-round picks for Garoppolo in March of 2017, it looks more and more like another steal for General Manager John Lynch.

First look at the 49ers new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Image via NFL.com.

According to Adam Schefter, the 49ers and Patriots began trade talks Monday morning, and by the evening they had the deal all ironed out. Schefter also reported that the trade had originally included the 49ers former starting quarterback Brian Hoyer, but that ended up not happening due to the way the comp. picks worked out. Hoyer was quickly released by San Francisco, and is expected to sign back with New England to back up Tom Brady once more.

Garoppolo is on the final year of his rookie contract, so now the pressure is on for John Lynch, Adam Peters, & Co. to get a long-term deal done with their presumed starting quarterback of the future. However if worst comes to worst, the 49ers can always stick the franchise-tag on Garoppolo like Washington has done with Kirk Cousins. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that though.

Garoppolo has started two games in his career, he went:

*Stats per ESPN Stats & Info*

  • 2-0
  • 5 TDs
  • 0 INTs
  • 690 passing yards
  • 67% completion rate

It’ll take some time for Garoppolo to learn the system and get acclimated to it, but as soon as he does you can bet on him taking that starting position from rookie CJ Beathard. This trade will also allow the 49ers to address other significant areas of need like OL, OLB, WR, etc. early in next year’s draft instead of having to select a quarterback with their first overall pick. I know I’m not the only one ecstatic to see Jimmy G in a beautiful 49ers uniform for years to come!