The San Francisco 49ers have reached the Super Bowl for the first time in six years. That comes after cruising past the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game in convincing fashion. The Super Bowl 54 berth has now put a tremendous amount of scrutiny on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as he’s set to face off against the reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. At the same time, there is a scenario floating out there that Tom Brady could replace Garoppolo in San Francisco this upcoming offseason.
Tom Brady’s uncertain Patriots’ future
The possibility of this situation being in the realm of reality has stemmed from Brady’s unclear future with the New England Patriots. The 42-year-old appears to be set to enter free agency for the first time in his illustrious career.
Brady will have full control of his future as the Patriots can’t place a franchise tag on him if he does explore the open market. Some reports suggest that he will be open to all the options that will be on the table that could include interest from the likes of the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts, and Miami Dolphins.
The only thing that is clear at this point is that he has a strong desire to continue his NFL career for at least another season. Brady’s future is in his hands, and that could potentially mean him wearing another uniform next season.
How Tom Brady can supplant Jimmy Garoppolo with the 49ers
The idea of Brady joining the 49ers seems a bit farfetched at this point, given that Garoppolo is planted firmly as their starting quarterback.
However, Skip Bayless on FS1’s Undisputed pointed out one interesting overlooked detail, which is that San Francisco can out from the 28-year-old’s deal without much of a financial burden.
“If Jimmy G becomes the reason by far that they lose this Super Bowl by throwing three picks, completely unravels, and just looks awful in the face of Patrick Mahomes, I would not be shocked if John Lynch doesn’t make a play for Tom Brady.”
Garoppolo is currently in the third year of his five-year, $137.5 million deal that runs through the 2022 season. What is intriguing to point out is that the dead cap hit over the next two seasons is surprisingly low. If the team were to explore the idea of trading or cutting him this offseason, he would be on the books for just $2.8 million and just $1.4 million the year after.
There is much financial flexibility for the 49ers in that situation that does leave the door open for them to do something if they desired. Garoppolo will make around $54 million in the next two years, but that could change if that route were explored.
Could it really happen?
The 49ers are in a promising position to capture their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history. It seems like it could be quite a stretch for them to cut ties on Garoppolo after the team just reached the Super Bowl.
San Francisco looks to have something special brewing for the next several years, and that includes him being in the fold. Yes, there is the potential that Brady will be on the open market, and that could bring him to his childhood team, but the 49ers are firmly committed to Garoppolo under center.
The future is bright for the franchise, which makes shaking things up in that manner a reach at that this point. There would have to be a drastic change, but if the 49ers do fall in the Super Bowl and Brady elects for free agency, that chatter will be in the background regardless of how doubtful it may be.