The San Francisco 49ers have traded a 2018 second-round draft pick for New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday night.
San Francisco had two second-round picks, but the one traded for Garoppolo is its original second-round pick, a source said.
The 49ers and Patriots began discussing the trade Monday morning and by evening the trade was officially agreed upon. The 49ers have also decided to release veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, a source told Schefter.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick have stripped down the QB depth chart, taking a major risk in both the short- and long-term.
"He was a great teammate and a great friend. He always will be. I want nothing but the very best for him," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said about backup Jimmy Garoppolo in his weekly Westwood One interview.
Garoppolo threw only 59 passes as the starter in 2016, which presents a challenge. Here's what the tape says about how the new 49ers quarterback projects as a player.
Garoppolo, 25, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The 49ers are likely to keep him by signing him to a new deal or tagging him as their franchise player.
That would mean Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins will have one less landing spot in free agency.