The San Francisco 49ers made a big move in trading for Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Will the move be one that affects the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks?
The Los Angeles Rams and the NFC West might have a game changer in the second half of the 2017 NFL regular season, as the San Francisco 49ers traded for New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
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Garoppolo, a sought after QB the Patriots seemed to covet, was acquired for a second round draft pick in 2018. The 49ers, suffering through a winless, 0-8 season, have had veteran Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard. Both would best be described as clipboard type, only to be used when all other option are exhausted.
The Rams, who beat the 49ers in Week 3, 41-39 in San Francisco, won’t see their division rival until the last day of the season, when an NFC West title may be on the line.
Is Jimmy G. the long term solution for the 49ers?
Hard to say, but there is no doubt San Francisco would have been in the market for a quarterback either in the 2018 NFL Draft, or a free agent like Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, long rumored in both Los Angeles and the 49ers.
Kyle Shanahan now has someone who many in the league believe can be a front line starter. Garoppolo will bring with him the perceived mystique that anything from the Patriots organization tends to.
How that changes the NFC West in the second half of the season remains to be seen. But know this: an 0-8 team just got the attention of the division front runners in one monster move.
Looks like the Niners nay have a say in how all this plays out after all.