The New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers are two of the most prestigious organizations in NFL history, but they currently find themselves in polar opposite positions. The Patriots are riding out the tail end of one of the most dominant runs in sports history. On the other hand, the 49ers have been eliminated from playoff contention for weeks, and are in the process of building up young talent to compete in the future.
Despite these differences, these teams will forever be intertwined after the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco for a second round pick. Although New England fans were upset to lose the hopeful successor to the great Tom Brady, the Patriots knew they could not afford to resign Garoppolo with how great Brady looks at age 40.
In his first three starts in San Fran, Garoppolo threw for twice as many passing yards than Joe Montana and Steve Young combined. His last three wins came against three playoff teams in the Titans, Jaguars and Rams. After Garoppolo’s first five undefeated starts as a 49er, San Francisco is excited for a bright future with their new quarterback.
No matter how much avocado ice cream Brady eats, or how many tomatoes he doesn’t eat, the GOAT is not invincible. By trading away their promising young backup, New England took a gamble on the future of their franchise.
Garoppolo is 26. How many years does Tom Brady have to play into his forties to justify trading away at least eight years of high quality quarterback play? But even if Brady plays until he’s 45, or even after that; how much do the Patriots have to win to justify getting rid of a potential franchise quarterback?
The answer is simple. The Patriots will be winners of the Jimmy G trade if… they win one more Super Bowl with Tom Brady.
As impressive as Garoppolo has been in his young career, he’s never played in the playoffs. We have no idea how he will react to the big stage. Brady is a proven winner, and has had more postseason success than any quarterback in NFL history. If Tom Brady makes the Patriots legitimate Super Bowl contenders for even two or three more seasons, then he deserves to be the quarterback of the future for the Patriots, even at 40 years old.
Another factor that will help decide the long term winner of this deal is who New England selects with that San Francisco second round pick. Assuming that Belichick doesn’t trade the pick for a handful of late round selections, it’ll be to see who the Patriots select.
Could we see them draft their next quarterback of the future in Wyoming’s Josh Allen? His draft value has been falling, so he may be able to slip all the way to the Patriot’s at 41st overall. He’s shown talent, and would definitely be able to learn a lot as Brady’s backup.
We all know that New England loves their two tight end offenses, and Dwayne Allen has been a major disappointment this season. Perhaps the Patriots could be tempted into selecting South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst. The 6 foot 5 tight end could form a fierce duo with Rob Gronkowski.
So only time will tell if the Patriots let go of the next great quarterback, or if this is just another genius Bill Belichick move.