The trade sending Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots to the 49ers was finalized Tuesday morning, meaning the Niners now have their quarterback of the future -- or so they hope. Garoppolo, who turns 26 years old this week, will finally escape the immense shadow of Tom Brady and soon get a regular chance to prove himself as an NFL starter. Shortly after the deal was made official, Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke to the media via conference call and addressed the trade that few saw coming. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jimmy. I couldn't ask for him to give us any more than he has given us," Belichick began. "The 49ers are getting a good player, they are getting a good person and they're getting a great teammate and they are getting a good quarterback, and Jimmy is getting a good coach. "His career is moving forward, he's a talented individual. He is a great person to coach. I met with him weekly. As his career moves forward, we have to look at our team, this year and beyond. We probably had in my mind, the best quarterback situation in the league for the last 2 1/2 years. It is just not sustainable the way things are set up. Not something we wanted to walk away from. I felt we rode it out as long as we could, over a period of time, explored every option possible to sustain it. At this point, felt like we had to make a decision. Very complex situation on multiple levels. This is really the last window that we had, we did what we felt was best for the team. There were many things involved in this whole process." A lot of people were surprised that all it took to land the quarterback was a lone second-round pick, as the Patriots were reportedly asking for at least a first-rounder prior to this year's NFL Draft. Several teams were interested in the young QB, though the club most linked to a potential Garoppolo deal was the Cleveland Browns. According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Cleveland wouldn't offer New England a first-round pick.
Bill Belichick addresses Jimmy Garoppolo trade: 'We rode it out as long as we could'
CBS Sports | Oct 31