A day after the expected beatdown in Philadelphia, the San Francisco 49ers shocked the world by trading a second-round pick to New England for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Shocked is an understatement due to who was involved in the trade, and what rumors were circulating around Santa Clara when it came to the quarterback position. This is a low-risk, high-reward move for a team desperately in need of a quarterback. The 49ers still own the New Orleans Saints’ second-round pick, so they were in position to send a high second-round pick to New England.
Here’s what we do know: Brian Hoyer wasn’t part of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan’s future plans. He was a placeholder who was supposed to bridge the gap for his successor. Hoyer couldn’t even make it through six games.
Wondering what’s going to happen with rookie C.J. Beathard? Expect him to continue to be the backup and Shanahan’s pet-project, which isn’t a bad thing. He’ll continue to get reps and be ready when called upon.
Lynch and Shanahan stated in his introductory press conference that he is the future signal-caller for this organization. They’ll either sign him for the long term or place the franchise tag on him after this season.
Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere, but will he be a guy we’ll one day sit around at a bar shooting shots of Jameson bloviating about his skills? I honestly don’t know.
But we know Lynch and Shanahan aren’t keen on doling out more than $100 million for the services of Washington Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins. We also know they aren’t gung-ho over the quarterbacks entering the 2018 NFL Draft, a class headlined by USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
I don’t blame them. It could take those quarterbacks a couple seasons to acclimate to pro football – a couple seasons Lynch and Shanahan can’t afford to throw away.
They’re making a bet that Garoppolo’s experience while still being young is more valuable than whatever they could get in the draft.
Garoppolo has started two games in his brief NFL career — both wins — but that’s a very small sample size. For all we know, he could be the next Matt Flynn or Brock Osweiler, two guys who, to put it nicely, have stunk since having big performances.
Or, he can become the guy Lynch and Shanahan are hoping he’ll become, a quarterback who will be the centerpiece of a franchise that’s been losers in 13 of the last 16 seasons.
Garoppolo turns 26 on Thursday and he’s a quarterback who’s interested multiple franchises. He’ll be given every opportunity to resurrect this organization.
Time will tell us whether or not Lynch and Shanahan made a mistake with this move, but I like it.
If they’re going to look like an expansion franchise, they might as well be smart about it.
Why not take a chance on a quarterback who’s studied under Brady and has actual reps in an NFL game? Sign me up for Garoppolo, I think it’s a ballsy move that’ll pay dividends for the 49ers moving forward.
Bonta Hill of 95.7 The Game can be heard from 12-3 on the Greg Papa Show. Born and bred in San Francisco, he is a sports junkie who loves to sit in the lab (home), eats breakfast food for dinner, and has a newfound love for tequila. Follow at your own risk on Twitter @BontaHill.