According to Chris Simms of Pro Football Talk, and long time buddy of San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, the Niners are out on signing Tom Brady. Simms has a video just over two minutes, where he explains how he’s talked to a number of people in the NFL on the Brady situation. Here’s what he said:
The 49ers are out on Tom Brady. That is not going to happen. My understanding is that it was Tom Brady’s number one choice to go to San Francisco and be the starting quarterback for the 49ers. I don’t know what happened, but something happened over the last few days. To my understanding, the 49ers are out on Tom Brady, and they will be standing pat with their quarterback at Jimmy Garoppolo.
Rejoice! Paying Brady $30 million at this age is asinine in all honesty. For as much criticism as Jimmy G got in the playoffs, Brady was worse. I’m glad we can put this to bed.
The Tennesee Titans made quarterback Ryann Tannehill the seventh-highest paid quarterback in the NFL after giving the veteran a four-year contract worth up to $118 million. That’s $29.5 per year, with $91 million in total guarantees. Tannehill also received a $20 million signing bonus. For Tannehill, that’s a great deal. For Tennessee, excuse me?! This feels like Nick Foles all over again, but without the playoff heroics.
Here is a look at the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL after Tannehill’s deal:
1. Wilson $35m
2. Roethlisberger $34m
3. Rodgers $33.5m
3. Goff $33.5m
5. Wentz $32m
6. Ryan $30m
7. Tannehill $29.5m
8. Cousins $28m
9. Garoppolo $27.5m
10. Stafford $27m
A month and two years ago, the San Francisco 49ers made Jimmy Garoppolo the highest-paid quarterback at the time. That deal took plenty of heat, as Jimmy G didn’t have the experience other quarterbacks had. Fast forward to March 2020 and Garoppolo will likely be pushed out of the top-10 once Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, and Jameis Winston sign new deals.
If I’m going to put faith in a quarterback over the next handful of seasons, it’s going to be for a player with upside, like Garoppolo. This past season there were supposed to be even more “hiccups” in Jimmy G’s game. In his first season as a starter and throwing to essentially all new players, Garoppolo was going to take his bumps. The interceptions, fumbles, sacks, and decision-making were frustrating at times, but that’s what happens with “new” QBs. There was still plenty of good, and that’s why the rumors about the Patriots QB have driven 49ers fans crazy. I thought Jimmy played well in 2019 and has room to improve in 2020 if the Niners are going to take the next step as an offense.
Garooppolo was paid for a five-game sample after an impressive end to the 2017 season. Tannehill was impressive down the stretch for the Titans this past season, but history has shown us who he really is as a player. Best of luck, Titans. QB purgatory is a scary place to be in. The 49ers made the Super Bowl in Jimmy’s first season as a starter. You can’t say he’s in the “QB purgatory” range.