Recent New England Patriots rumors take a trip down memory lane, as San Francisco 49ers general manager, John Lynch, inquired about trading for Tom Brady.
New England Patriots rumors have revolved around the 53-man roster heading into the regular season. There are a few players on the chopping block as New England will have to pare the roster down beginning this weekend. However, the latest Patriots rumors will take us down memory lane.
Last year, the Patriots overhauled the quarterback position. Jacoby Brissett was traded to the Indianapolis Colts right before the regular season began. At the NFL Trade Deadline, the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers have been outstanding since Garoppolo got there. He went undefeated as a starter in San Francisco, providing plenty of optimism for the 2018 regular season. Kyle Shanahan has his quarterback for the future, but 49ers general manager John Lynch didn’t call at first for Garoppolo; he was inquiring about another quarterback.
While calling about Garoppolo, Lynch took his shot asking about Tom Brady. As you would expect, the Patriots had no interest in trading Brady.
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"“We were calling about Jimmy and we did have that conversation and got quickly rebuffed,” Lynch said on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast.“I figured, ‘What the heck, you gotta take your shot, right? You can’t score if you don’t shoot.’ I had to summon up the courage and Bill [Belichick] laughed at me and basically hung up on me. But hey, I took my shot.”"
When you are looking to make a splash as a new general manager, you aim for the moon. Lynch did that, and the outcome was expected. He did not come away empty-handed from those talks with New England, as he did land Garoppolo.
Bill Belichick landed a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft in exchange for Garoppolo. Belichick did not want to trade Garoppolo, as he was the future for the Patriots at quarterback. However, his hand was forced and the 49ers now have a new face of the franchise.
Garoppolo went 5-0 last season when starting for the 49ers, pushing his record to 7-0 in his career as a starter in the NFL. He was rewarded, handsomely, this offseason as a result, agreeing to a five-year, $137.5 million deal.