The trade deadline in the NFL is typically pretty nondescript and frankly, a little boring. That changed this year as the 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in exchange for a second round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft tonight. With Garoppolo on the last year of his deal and the Patriots clearly not wanting to pay a premium or even franchise tag their backup quarterback in the off-season, they obviously believed it was time to finally make the move. They’ve wanted a first round draft pick in exchange for their prized backup for a while and with the 49ers sitting at 0-8, that second rounder proved to be close enough for New England. This trade is a big one in fantasy and reality, so it merits a long look at all the players whose values were affected by the move.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB SF
Owners who have been patient and held on to Garoppolo through thick and thin have finally been rewarded as he’ll be the 49ers starter as soon as humanly possible. Over his three year career, Garoppolo has appeared in 17 games and attempted just 94 total passes for 690 yards. However, he’s looked great in preseason action and has been a highly coveted asset in league circles for quite some time. Trades like this are risky as you never know if you’re getting the next Matt Schaub or Matt Cassel but the 49ers are clearly desperate for a leader and they’ve now hitched their wagon to Garoppolo.
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