Garoppolo traded to the 49ers


The NFL trade deadline has historically been a quiet time around the league.

Also on the podcast Yates shared his thoughts on why the Patriots have been so good over the years and gives some fantasy football insight, including details on his own teams. Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi was sent to the Philadelphia Eagles, while three-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Duane Brown is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Jets can scratch the 49ers off the list of teams who may be looking to grab a quarterback ahead of them in the first round of the draft after San Francisco dealt a second-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Patriots tried to convince Garoppolo to re-sign with them this coming offseason, but he wanted to get the chance to start for another team, not play behind Tom Brady. The young quarterback completed 42-of-59 passes (71.2 percent) for 496 yards and four touchdowns in just a game and a half before having to leave during the second quarter of New England's 31-24 Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins with a shoulder injury. That includes Patriots head coach Bill Belichick who had some interesting comments about his now former quarterback.

So Brady has done what few quarterbacks have been able to pull off - get better with age. But in reality, the 49ers have just made a trade that will add a significant cap hit in 2018.

If the team had made a decision to keep the backup beyond Tuesday's trade deadline, it faced the real possibility of losing him for free this upcoming March.

Dan Shaughnessy: Well, it's a news-making trade but [the Patriots] are trading a ghost, a potential, a someone that never was. So the 49ers just traded an low-cost asset for an expensive asset.

For San Francisco, this is a great trade. I would not count anything out with Malcolm Butler right now - he's gonna test the market next year, no question, but if he doesn't like the offers that are out there, I absolutely could see a scenario where he returns to the Patriots.

"And Jimmy is getting a good coach (Kyle Shanahan)". But they couldn't get it done.

The 49ers may have to do the same next spring, however, they are more concerned about locking up Garoppolo in a long-term deal. He's got experience now.