Barnwell: 49ers ‘would be a very tantalizing opportunity’ for Brady

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Karl Buscheck
February 12, 2020 - 8:09 am
ESPN analyst says 49ers ‘would be a very tantalizing opportunity’ for Tom Brady

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Ahh, we all knew it was coming. The Tom-Brady-to-the-49ers speculation, wreckless, entertaining — the kind of thing that makes you tilt your head and say, “Hmm.”

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ESPN’s Bill Barnwell kicked off the conversation with the caveat that there’s about a .01% chance this thing happens but…

Brady grew up in San Mateo idolizing Joe Montana, the Pats’ dynastic window looks dangerously close to slamming shut and the 49ers, fresh off a Super Bowl dud, are on the rise.

“The 49ers have a better line, better weapons and just as good of a defense. They almost certainly have a better offensive playcaller. The Patriots are more familiar and have Bill Belichick. I still think Brady will end up staying in New England, but if he were to leave, the 49ers would be a very tantalizing opportunity," Barnwell reasoned.

Hmmm. Hmmm, indeed.

As Barnwell details, the salary cap wouldn’t be the issue. Cutting Jimmy Garoppolo would leave the 49ers with just $4.2 million in dead money. And for all the talk of Jimmy “leading” the club to a 13-3 regular season record, there’s the unavoidable reality that late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, when the 49ers needed Garoppolo to orchestrate a scoring drive, he not only failed to deliver but was flat-out bad.

Oh, but the take just keeps getting even better. Brady and Jimmy G are both repped by Don Yee. And, as Barnwell speculates, the Niners could flip Garoppolo back to the Patriots. 

Free agency officially begins on March 18, so expect plenty of intrigue, rumor and wild speculation.

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