AFC East

Trade Grade: San Francisco 49ers Acquire Jimmy Garoppolo from New England Patriots

After denying having interest in trading Jimmy Garoppolo away, the Patriots pulled the plug and traded him to San Francisco this evening.

San Francisco 49ers: The San Francisco 49ers have their franchise quarterback for the future in Jimmy Garoppolo. The start of the Kyle Shanahan Era started with Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback and that lead them to a 0-6 record. The past two weeks and part of week 6 against Washington, the 49ers have been working with C.J. Beathard as their starting quarterback and he was a slite improvement over Hoyer but not by much. This season has been a disaster for the 49ers but the addition of Jimmy Garoppolo could prove to be a positive for the immediate future. Jimmy Garoppolo should be slowly worked into the 49ers offense so it is unlikely he will play against NFC West rival Arizona this week but week 10 matchup against the New York Giants seems like more suitable 49ers debut for him. The 49ers will release Brian Hoyer to make room for Jimmy Garoppolo.

New England Patriots: The Patriots have decided to cash in on Jimmy Garoppolo at the trade deadline before potentially losing him to free agency at years end. The Patriots have cleaned house at the quarterback position this year as they traded Jacoby Brissett to the Colts and now Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers. With the pair of ex-backup quarterbacks gone from New England, it leaves the Patriots with Brady the only quarterback listed on the roster for now. Expect the Patriots to bring in quarterbacks this week to find Brady’s backup. The Patriots could potentially use their second-round selection on a quarterback during the 2018 draft on prospects like Mason Rudolph or Josh Allen.

Final Grades: New England Patriots: B+ | San Francisco 49ers: A+

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