When Tom Brady announced he was leaving New England Patriots earlier this season, his hometown team San Francisco 49ers were reported as one of his preferred destinations. And while 49ers never officially made a move, clearing the way for Brady to join Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they did briefly consider it.
49ers’ general manager John Lynch recently admitted on The Rich Eisen Show that he and head coach Kyle Shanahan discussed the possibility of making a move for Brady. According to Lynch,
“When you’re talking about one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time with Tom Brady, of course, you’re going to have some internal discussion,” said Lynch. “And then you hear rumors that hey, he’d like to come home, that kind of thing. So of course Kyle and I have discussions. We’re always into getting better, so you always look at everything, especially a situation like that.
Brady’s homecoming never got to be, as Lynch and Shanahan ended up deciding that already have a franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo.
“We love everything that he brings, and we really believe it’s a long-term answer,” he added. “I would tell you we’re more convinced than ever about who our quarterback is in Jimmy Garoppolo.”
San Francisco 49ers made the Super Bowl last season with Garoppolo, but many people thought that he was also the reason they didn’t win it. The 28-year-old signal-caller put on poor performance, especially late in the game, completing just three passes in the fourth quarter and throwing an interception.
Still, 49ers appear to have full confidence in Garoppolo as they just admitted they didn’t want to get the best quarterback that has ever played the game to replace him. We’ll see whether it will pay off.