I never thought I'd say this, but today I'm channeling my inner Rob Parker. Because if you asked me if I believe that the San Francisco 49ers are going to trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the New England Patriots and sign Tom Brady, I would tell you "NO WAY, NO HOW!"
I'm not opposed to the idea, I just don't see how it happens. Tom Brady is still playing at high levels, and you'd be nothing but a hater if you don't think Brady can still lead a team to the Super Bowl. But, Brady's turning 43 in August and Jimmy Garoppolo is only 28, and he's entering the prime of his career. Why would the 49ers give away their franchise quarterback for one, maybe two years of Tom Brady.
I get that the NFL is a win now league, but San Francisco was ten minutes away from winning a championship, and Jimmy deserves to take his lumps for the loss, but so does the 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, the loss does not completely fall Garoppolo's shoulder. Anybody who points to one missed pass as the game breaker, is just looking for a scapegoat.
As a Patriots fan, if it were up to me, I would take seven to ten years of Jimmy Garoppolo over one to two years of Tom Brady.
Bill Belichick could easily find some offensive weapons, re-sign Brady, and the Patriots would be contenders, but it would be very short-lived, and the Patriots would be searching for a new quarterback. Why wouldn't we be excited about the prospect of Jimmy Garoppolo coming back to New England?
It would make no sense for the 49ers to move on from a twenty-something quarterback for a guy who's career is coming to an end. So even though the rumor is juicy and Patriots fans would have every reason to be excited by this kind of transaction, I just don't see any scenario that this actually happens.