The XFL was supposed to alleviate football withdrawl symptoms, but it seems the new league is not quite enough to stem crazed NFL offseason rumors.
Case in point: Tom Brady is rumored to be an under-the-radar free agent target of the 49ers, with incumbent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo headed to the Patriots via trade in that scenario. The chatter originates to on-air radio speculation from NBC Boston reporter Tom Curran, who has apparently received positive feedback regarding the shot-in-the-dark from sources.
It would be almost unfathomable, though, for San Francisco to make such a move only a couple of months removed from a Super Bowl appearance.
Not only did Garoppolo perform better than his critics might suggest, but he cemented himself as the steady leader of a tight-knit locker room hungry to run it back in 2020. He is well respected by his receivers, his coaches and even those on the other side of the ball. He is 28; Brady is 42.
Garoppolo is clearly the more sustainable long-term option under center, which is important for a 49ers team just entering its contention window, but there’s also a case that Garoppolo is better than Brady right now. Last year, he had a better completion percentage (69.1 percent to 60.8 percent), more yards per pass attempt (8.4 to 6.6) and more touchdown passes (27 to 24). That of course came in the much more difficult NFC West.
It’s true that Garoppolo was not always consistent, and that a prolific rushing attack helped him find downfield openings. But he was in his first season back from an ACL tear working with a still-developing group of receivers. His connection with Deebo Samuel in particular next season should be fun to watch.
So no, the 49ers are not incentivized to blow up their offense to get Brady. Doing so would almost certainly draw fierce backlash both in and around the organization.
Brady is instead likely to head to a team without an entrenched QB1 — assuming he does leave New England, which is far from certain. Right now, the Titans appear to be the frontrunner.
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