The Patriots have left Tom Brady on an island.
New England traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers Monday night time in trade for a 2018 second-spherical draft decide, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, leaving Brady as the one quarterback on the staff’s roster in the meanwhile. The groups accomplished the deal earlier than the NFL commerce deadline Tuesday at four p.m. ET.
After serving as Brady’s backup in his rookie 2014-15 season, Garoppolo confirmed starter potential filling in for the 2-time MVP for one-and-a-half video games final season whereas Brady was serving his 4-recreation suspension for the Deflategate scandal. The Patriots anticipated Garoppolo to play all 4 of these video games, however he exited the second recreation early after spraining the AC joint in his throwing shoulder.
In these two video games, each wins, the second-spherical select of Japanese Illinois threw for 496 yards with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His breakout efficiency had many pondering if the Patriots would use him as commerce bait whereas Brady, approaching forty-years-previous, nonetheless was thriving.
That second got here none too quickly for the 49ers, who’ve been struggling by means of inconsistent quarterback play since 2014. San Francisco has flip-flopped between journeyman Brian Hoyer and rookie C.J. Beathard this season and has but to win a recreation, sitting within the NFC West cellar at zero-eight.
Minutes after the commerce was introduced, the 49ers launched Hoyer, based on Schefter.
Garoppolo, 29, ought to get his beginning probability instantly after enjoying in simply 17 video games and throwing ninety four occasions over three seasons. The 49ers host the Cardinals on Sunday.
The Patriots, main the AFC East with a 6-2 report, all of the sudden are out there for a quarterback to again up Brady.