The 49ers Tried To Get The Patriots To Trade Them Tom Brady
Last week, the New England Patriots surprised the entire NFL when they dealt Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a second-round pick. The move came after months of speculation concerning the Patriots’ quarterback situation and confirmed the team will be relying on the arm of Tom Brady in the foreseeable future.
However, it appears the Patriots were initially hesitant to trade away the younger QB. 49ers GM John Lynch was rebuked after inquiring about a possible exchange, and Jay Glazer reports that after he was rejected, he decided to shoot for the stars by asking Bill Belichick if he’d be willing to parts ways with Brady— an offer that was unsurprisingly rejected.
Glazer recapped the conversation, saying:
“John Lynch, he’s been trying to get Garoppolo since the offseason, he calls Bill Belichick, and he says, ‘Hey, we’d like to trade for Garoppolo,'” Glazer said. “And at the time, Belichick said, ‘Absolutely not, he’s completely off-limits.’
“Lynch calls back and actually asks Bill Belichick, ‘Alright, so if Garoppolo’s off-limits, would you trade us Tom Brady?’ And Belichick says, ‘What did you just ask me? … Did you just ask me if I would trade Tom Brady?'”
He might have had a snowball’s chance in hell, but you can’t knock him for trying.