49ers: Tom Brady in San Francisco would be great, but it’s not happening

Tom Brady, 49ers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, 49ers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco 49ers already have their quarterback. But, could one of the best quarterbacks in the modern era, Tom Brady, be headed to the Bay Area?

After taking his team to the Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo finds himself back in the news. This time, it isn’t about being in the biggest game of the season, it’s about whether or not the organization should move on from him and focus on quarterback Tom Brady.

Let’s just start by clearing some air.

Tom Brady isn’t going to be the quarterback for the 49ers.

Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. The only link between the two stars is they both played in New England, where Garoppolo was the back up to Brady. That’s it. That’s all.

First of all, Garoppolo just finished his first full season in the NFL. It was a year where he won 13 games, had a handful of fourth-quarter comebacks, passed for just under 4,000 yards, a completion percentage of 69%, tossed 27 touchdowns, and had a passer rating of 102.0.

Oh and he’s only 28-years-old. Would any team want to give these types of numbers up? Absolutely not. So why would the 49ers?

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Brady didn’t have a terrible year of his own. He completed 60 percent of his passes, had 4,057 yards in the air, 24 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Brady only had one fourth-quarter comeback and a passer rating of 88. Brady is also 42 years old.

However, having one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL in your organization wouldn’t be a bad thing.

There’s no need to trade Garoppolo back to the New England Patriots, or even getting rid of him at all. But just having the IQ of Tom Brady within the walls of Levi’s Stadium would be amazing.

Brady’s been in the postseason every year since 2009. He’s thrown 20 or more touchdown passes in every single season of his career except for two. He’s been in the Bill Belichick system for so long, he could start his own team and be successful.

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Let’s also keep in mind, the 49ers have another former Patriot on the sideline — current wide receivers coach, Wes Welker. Brady and Welker were part of the New England team which went 16-0 in the regular season back in 2007. They spent a total of six years together in New England.

There is also the over-used storyline of Brady being from Northern California and growing up a 49ers fan.

Would it be a great Hallmark movie for a kid from San Mateo, CA to play for the 49ers? Yes. But it seems like the Niners don’t care if you grew up a fan. If they did, they would’ve taken Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers over Alex Smith in the 2005 NFL Draft.

If for some odd reason, Brady does make his way into a red and gold jersey there would be plenty of positives off the field. His jerseys would fly off the shelves. He would make a great ambassador in the community.

But San Francisco isn’t a retirement city anymore. This team and city are looking to create a new dynasty in the Bay Area. As the only NFL team in the area now, the 49ers have a chance to do something special. They are on the verge of doing what they did in the 80s — win.

So as much as Tom Brady to the 49ers would be a wonderful offseason story, it’s not happening. Everyone in the organization is fine with Garoppolo as their guy.

Even tight end George Kittle is promoting his guy.

Jimmy Garoppolo can only get better from here. He hasn’t reached his full potential yet. He’s the perfect quarterback for the complex play-calling of head coach Kyle Shanahan.

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