The National Football League is one of the most competitive professional sports leagues in the world. For a team that does not have a strong quarterback, winning on a consistent basis can seem to be completely impossible. Because of this, many teams end up drafting quarterbacks high in the draft and spending a lot of money on them free agency. This past week, one NFL team made a very major move that could help to ensure that their quarterback position is secure for the next decade.
This past week, the San Francisco 49ers made a major move when they traded a second-round pick in the 2018 draft for Jimmy Garoppolo (https://deadspin.com/the-jimmy-garoppolo-trade-will-have-ripple-effects-1820005537). Jimmy Garoppolo has previously been a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots for the past two seasons. While most backups do not get the opportunity to showcase their skills very frequently, Garoppolo was given a three-game trial this past season when starting quarterback Tom Brady was on suspension. During this time, and other situations in which Garoppolo has gotten the play, he has shown that he could have the talent and poised to be a starter in this league.
The trade for Jimmy Garoppolo is a major one for the 49ers and the Patriots. In Garoppolo, the 49ers will have a quarterback that has the proven ability to lead a team and win big games. It was widely expected that the Patriots would try to trade Garoppolo in the offseason, but it appears that they were given an offer that they could not refuse by trading Garoppolo for second round pick.
At this point, it remains to be seen exactly when Garoppolo will be given the opportunity to start for the 49ers. The 49ers currently are tied for the worst record in the NFL with a record of zero wins and eight losses. However, the team appears to have a very strong defense that could help limit the amount of points that Garoppolo will have to score once he takes over the starting nod. At this point, the 49ers have announced that rookie CJ Beathard will continue to be the starting quarterback for at least the next week. Depending on how quickly Garoppolo is able to learn the playbook, it is very likely that he will be put into the starting role in the near future.