What The Garoppolo Trade Means for Green Bay
Shockwaves went through the National Football League on Monday evening as the San Francisco 49ers traded for New England Patriots backup and apparent heir to the Tom Brady throne Jimmy Garoppolo for a 2018 second round pick. It’s a deal that came out of nowhere. Patriots realized they could not sign Garoppolo to a massive extension in the offseason, and to avoid a team like Jets or Browns signing him in the offseason, they made a deal. This could be the shape of what a Brett Hundley deal might look like for Green Bay if the Packers backup quarterback plays adequately this season in relief of injured Aaron Rodgers.
Whether it’s fortunately or unfortunately, Green Bay will have a bigger sample size to showcase Hundley to other teams this season. Patriots only have the three preseasons, and two games where Garoppolo started last season plus four games where he came in the game at some point. Barring getting replaced by Joe Callahan, Hundley will start nine games for the team if Rodgers misses the season. This provides prospective teams with a better look at the former UCLA quarterback, and it’s unknown whether that will be a good or bad thing. Who knows if Hundley balls out, he could garner a first round draft pick in a draft that is losing its luster at quarterback.
Although when it comes to backup quarterbacks in the National Football League, Garoppolo is the top dog. I’m not sure once we heard of a rumor that came anywhere close to the deal made today, or Cleveland’s deal around the NFL Draft. Hundley has not garnered that sort of attention from teams. We shall see if that changes this offseason as I feel he will have a market for his services unless he’s godawful, and in that case, there will be questions for Mike McCarthy.
49ers have their quarterback of the future, and a good building block to work off this offseason. Now, they can start rounding out the other parts of this offense with better wide receivers and offensive linemen. It will be fascinating to watch Garoppolo work under Kyle Shanahan.