The New England Patriots are reportedly trying to bring a familiar face to the franchise after their dismal first season without quarterback Tom Brady.
During an episode of his podcast last week, Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal reported that Jimmy Garoppolo, whom the Patriots traded to the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, is “by far” the Patriots’ “Plan A” as a quarterback. field.
“If they had to write it, exactly the optimal situation for the Patriots for next season, it’s Jimmy G coming back here,” Bedard said. “And of course it all depends on the 49ers doing something.”
The Patriots signed Cam Newton as a starter prior to the 2020 NFL season. New England finished the year with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs.
Newton, who spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, had 2,657 yards, eight touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in 15 games. He also had 12 rushing touchdowns.
A second Patriots season for Newton seems unlikely, and New England also doesn’t seem convinced of Jarrett Stidham as their future starter.
Last month, The Athletic reported that the Patriots had been calling all teams with a potential business quarterback goal, though those searches never gained traction. The Patriots are also “looking heavily” for the best quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft class, according to the publication.
But those appear to be alternative options, as the Patriots look to reunite with Garoppolo, whom they selected in the second round of the 2014 draft. A little over three months after the 2017 Halloween trade, Garoppolo signed a five-year contract. and $ 137.5 million with the 49ers. He has two years left on that deal.
His first full season as a starter for the Niners in 2018 ended abruptly in Week 3 when he suffered a torn ACL. Garoppolo returned in 2019 to help lead San Francisco to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance, which the 49ers lost to the Chiefs.
Injuries limited the 29-year-old Garoppolo to six starts in 2020. There were rumors throughout the season that the Niners were ready to leave Garoppolo, and talks about a divorce continue despite public support from the organization.
“Do I believe 49ers general manager John Lynch when he says that Garoppolo will be his starter in 2021? Of course not, ”NFL expert Michael Lombardi recently wrote in The Athletic. “They are too active, too aggressive to go back another year with someone they don’t completely trust.”
The 49ers have called the Panthers over Teddy Bridgewater, according to The Athletic, another sign that they are looking for a new quarterback.
If the 49ers are really ready to ditch Garoppolo, it looks like Bill Belichick will be waiting with open arms to welcome him back to Foxborough.