The Patriots are trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round pick in 2018. The move was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Major QB shakeup: 49ers trading 2018 2nd-round draft pick to New England for Patriots’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
49ers and Patriots began talking trade Monday morning and, by tonight, the trade was officially agreed upon. Garoppolo to San Francisco.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
To repeat: 49ers are trading a 2018 2nd-round draft pick for Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
Garoppolo was drafted by the Patriots in 2014 and saw his most playing time during the 2016 season, when he began the year as New England's starter filling in during Tom Brady's four-game suspension. He led the Patriots to a win over Arizona in the season opener and threw three touchdown passes in the first half of a win against Miami. He injured his right shoulder and did not start another game.
He will be eligible for free agency after this season and will likely command a hefty salary if he performs well with the 49ers, who are winless in their first eight games.
In what could be related news, the 49ers released veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, who started six games for San Francisco this season, completing 119 of 205 passes for 1,245 yards and four touchdowns. He previously played in New England from 2009-2011, completing 27 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown.
His familiarity with the system makes Hoyer a prime candidate to sign with the Patriots as a backup to Brady, with two weeks to prepare for New England's next game against Denver.
During Boston 25 News at 10 & 11, we asked viewers if they agree with the decision to trade Garoppolo. More than 80 percent of viewers said no, they do not agree.
© 2018 Cox Media Group.