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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Report: 49ers declined Patriots offer for Jimmy Garoppolo during 2021 draft

As Jimmy Garoppolo may have his final start with the 49ers, a new report suggests that San Francisco turned down the Patriots’ trade offer for a quarterback second-round pick during the NFL Draft in April.

The day the 49ers picked quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick, a high-ranking Patriots executive made an informal call to the 49ers executive and made an offer to Garoppolo, which, according to “It’s Better to Be Fear”, was quickly rejected. Seth Wickersham’s book about the New England dynasty.

The Patriots, who had tackled the 49ers for a second-round pick to Garoppolo four years earlier, were offering a second-rounder to get him back. But, according to Wickersham’s book, the 49ers official said he would take nothing less than a first-rounder for Garoppolo.

If the 49ers didn’t find a first-place finish for Garoppolo, they were more than happy to have him as a placeholder for Lance as their future franchise quarterback. He envisioned Garoppolo to be a one-year bridge to Lance, while bringing the team back into title contention.

And we all know how it works.

With us providing a clearer picture, it’s now easy to say that the 49ers made the mistake of not getting a high draft pick for Jimmy G and just bringing in another stopgap signal-collar.

Garoppolo, who was given lukewarm support from coach Kyle Shanahan this week, will start for San Francisco 2-4 in Chicago on Sunday, despite a calf injury. If Lance hadn’t been battling a knee strain, the North Dakota state rookie would have already taken over for Garoppolo, whose QB rating of 38.1 is the fifth-worst in an NFL debut.

Lance, who has made just one debut this season after playing only one college game in 2020, maintains a QBR of 42.3 during his limited time. He has completed 52.1% (48 of 25) of his passes for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Lance, however, also brings value with his running ability—he ran 16 times for 89 yards in his one-off debut against Arizona on October 10, but also injured his knee in the process.

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Then the question is, what could the 49ers do with an additional second-round pick in April? Despite General Manager John Lynch’s beliefs, we know San Francisco’s early return to their second-rounder hasn’t gone down well – Notre Dame guard Aaron Banks through El Cerrito High has yet to play despite his recovery.

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