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Throwback Thursday: Thank Belichick that Jimmy G is a 49er

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Legend has it that the Pats head coach wouldn’t accept any offers from the Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

In the spirit of “throwback Thursday,” let’s rewind the clock a couple of years. Hat tip to Zonapg3 of Reddit for the find, because it’s fascinating to read back on. I have some friends that are Cleveland Brown’s fans, and they remember this like it was yesterday. The story is true, about the time that the 49ers current QB could have been a Brown.

According to this article by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, Patriots owner Robert Kraft ordered head coach Bill Belichick to trade Jimmy Garoppolo as part of a “power struggle within the organization.” Before the trade, there were a series of meetings between Belichick, Kraft, and Tom Brady, according to the report.

If you recall, most of the media were surprised at the trade. Brady was 40-years old, and the Pats had traded Jacoby Brissett to the Colts before the season had started. He hadn’t played much, but the football community thought New England could have easily gotten a first-round pick for Garoppolo. Jerry Pluto of reported that Belichick refused to deal Jimmy G to the Browns. The article states that the Browns were willing to trade the Houston Texans’ 2019 first-rounder, plus other picks, for Jimmy G. Belichick didn’t have it. That was two days before Garoppolo was dealt with the Niners.

Ego’s may have gotten in the way for New England, and Belichick looked out for a player he believed in. Garoppolo is proving Belichick to be correct so far. A quarterback you can win with and rely on without spending a top-10 pick? Thanks, Bill.