San Francisco 49ers normal supervisor John Lynch “actually believes” Jimmy Garoppolo might be again because the staff’s beginning quarterback in 2021, however the remainder of the NFL is not so certain. That features Garoppolo’s previous squad, the New England Patriots, who nonetheless have the 29-year-old signal-caller as their prime goal for the upcoming season. That is in response to Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports activities Journal, who reported this week that Garoppolo is “far and away their ‘Plan A'” at quarterback for this season.
“The optimum state of affairs for the Patriots this coming season,” Bedard mentioned on his Patriots podcast, “is Jimmy G coming again right here.”
That might require the 49ers initiating or no less than listening to commerce affords for Garoppolo, who’s below contract by way of 2022. However that does not appear out of the realm of chance, no matter Lynch’s newest insistence that Garoppolo might return below heart. Lynch, in any case, continues to be only one yr faraway from admitting to a possible pursuit of Tom Brady as a Garoppolo alternative, and coach Kyle Shanahan has been much more upfront about the opportunity of upgrading at QB forward of 2021.
The Patriots’ reported curiosity in Garoppolo comes as no shock. 4 years after buying and selling the previous second-round draft decide to San Francisco, New England is in dire want of a successor to Tom Brady, who gave approach to a middling and injured Cam Newton in 2020. The Patriots are reportedly not enamored with this yr’s crop of free agent QBs, which would come with Newton, and so they’ve reportedly already been calling about each veteran signal-caller perceived to be obtainable by way of commerce.
Garoppolo spent the primary 4 seasons of his profession in New England as Brady’s backup. A two-time Tremendous Bowl champion with the Pats, he is posted stable numbers as a starter for the Niners however has additionally struggled to remain on the sector, lacking 23 video games since 2018.