On Tuesday, a New England Patriots beat writer set the internet ablaze as he suggested that rumors about Tom Brady becoming a member of the San Francisco 49ers are “real.” If you listened to what Tom Curran said, it was exactly that, a suggestion. Curran was full of “I don’t knows, 50/50’s, and every sort of qualifier to exempt him from any scrutiny. That’s the internet nowadays. There were a few people that were upset we even talked about it. I thought it was important to use logic.
The 49ers are fresh off a Super Bowl. I imagine you can count on one hand how many times a team that made the big game changed quarterbacks the next season when said quarterbacks contract wasn’t up. The Niners are likely working on a deal to make George Kittle the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. Kittle’s contract will be anywhere between four and five years. Here is what a conversation would sound like from the 49ers front office to Kittle:
“Hey George, we’d love to have you around for five years and hopefully longer. By the way, we’re also signing a quarterback that is arguably the greatest of all-time, but he doesn’t fit our offense at all as we rely on a mobile quarterback. And yeah, he’s probably not going to play more than one or two more seasons, so as you’re entering the prime of your career, we’ll be back looking for a new quarterback. Sign here!”
Good. Luck. On Wednesday morning, Kittle took to Instagram to post a not so subtle picture:
The first comment I saw was, “If Garoppolo learns how to throw deep which he has struggled with his whole career, he will get a ring. Highly unlikely, though.” How miserable do you have to be to comment that? I’ll never understand that thought process.
Kittle wasn’t the only member of the Niners to speak out. Running back, Jeff Wilson Jr. had some words as well:
“It’s ludicrous. He just took us all the way to the Super Bowl, great season, 14 wins. I mean there’s not a lot of quarterbacks that’s even in this league that just had a season like that. And then you go from that season taking a team all the way to the Super Bowl, to talks of being traded. He’s a great quarterback; he’s been that way ever since he’s been to San Fran. It’s just unfortunate that he got hurt the year before and then kind of, you know, threw him back in the wilderness a little bit, but he came right back in like he never left and took a team all the way to the Super Bowl, so how can you talk about moving him? Or trading him to another team?”
Wilson astutely pointed out that Jimmy G was fresh off a torn ACL, and he was thrown into “the wilderness.” “He’s a leader.” Said Wilson. “And then when it’s crunch time, it’s like he turns into a totally different person. It’s not the cool, calm, and collected Jimmy Garoppolo anymore. It’s the leader of a national football team and a very good one at that.
Finally, Ian Rapoport spoke on the issue Wednesday morning as well:
“The problem is, at this point, I haven’t been able to substantiate any interest from the 49ers.”
It’s simple. It’s the offseason, and this is a dead time right before free agency. The fact that this story has reached this level where Rapoport had to talk about it on the air is surprising. Common sense says this doesn’t add up. A year from now, if Garoppolo struggles, we can have the talk about moving on. If that’s the case, it won’t be for a 42-year-old quarterback.