49ers ‘charging hard’ for Tom Brady in this interesting Jimmy Garoppolo theory

The ever-changing Tom Brady free-agency landscape could have a new contender.

According to Tom E. Curran of Pats Insider, the Patriots and Titans are the two most likely destinations for the 42-year-old Brady, but the 49ers “are closing hard on the outside.” The 49ers would be a logical option for a couple of reasons: It’d be a homecoming for the San Mateo, Calif. native and the team is already one of the Super Bowl favorites.

“I think it’s from both (sides),” Curran told SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio of the potential interest. “I think there’s an appeal. What’s interesting about that is the Patriots sent Jimmy Garoppolo out there for such short collateral?”

Ah yes, that Garoppolo guy. Brady’s former backup is in the middle of a five-year, $137.5 million deal, but it is structured in such a way that the 49ers can release him without a huge cap hit. As you would expect, the 49ers have been unwavering in their support for Garoppolo after his fourth-quarter struggles aided the Chiefs’ comeback in Super Bowl 2020 last moth.

“Extremely proud of Jimmy, and I can’t speak enough about what a great teammate he is,” 49ers GM John Lynch told reporters at last week’s NFL Combine. “From day one, when he entered our building, he made everyone else around him better, and I think he’s continued to do that.

“He had his first full season as a starter in the NFL and ended up in the Super Bowl. I know Jimmy feels the same way — we all do; we left a little out there (in the Super Bowl), and that’s a shame. That’s something we’re going to have to deal with, really, for the rest of our lives. But nobody knows that more than him. I’m incredibly proud, as is our entire organization, for the way he’s handled himself, and the way he’s played, and for the way he’s kind of let our team.”

But Curran floated a theory about how Belichick could have orchestrated this quarterback situation since dealing the 28-year-old Garoppolo to San Francisco in 2017.

“Could Belichick just say, ‘hey, why don’t you sign this guy (Brady) when he becomes available two years? I’ll take Jimmy back, he’ll get you the Super Bowl you probably could have had this year if you had Brady and we’ll start fresh,’” Curran said.

“It’d be interesting to see if that’s what happened… Yes (Belichick would be on board), so would [Josh] McDaniels. That would be the best-case scenario all the way around.”

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