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49ers tried to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason

The 49ers got their guy.

The San Francisco 49ers seemed prepared to punt the quarterback situation to next year this past offseason. They signed veterans Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, and then traded up for C.J. Beathard in the 2017 NFL Draft. It seemed like the plan was see what those guys could do, but really plan on Kirk Cousins or one of the many prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft.

It turns out, that was not entirely the plan. The 49ers traded for Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday, but they had been trying to acquire him since earlier in the offseason. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will meet with the media this afternoon, but Tuesday morning, Lynch chatted with the 49ers website about the move.

Lynch said C.J. Beathard will likely start on Sunday, and the situation with working in Garoppolo is fluid. However, he also had this to say about Garoppolo.

“We’ve studied him hard. We studied him hard this offseason, we tried to do a deal this offseason. It didn’t come to fruition. It presented itself now, and we felt like it was an opportunity we had to jump at.”

The 49ers traded the Patriots their own second round pick (as opposed to the one they own from the New Orleans Saints), which is likely to be one of the top two or three picks of the round. I find myself wondering what kind of offer the 49ers had on the table to the Patriots previously. Was it this pick, and the Patriots decided to wait and see? Was it something less and the 49ers finally decided to bump it up?

The offseason saw all sorts of rumors about what it would take to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo. At one point or another, there was talk of multiple first rounders. Well, so much for that.