San Francisco 49ers

49ers make it official, cite Garoppolo’s tutelage under Tom Brady

The 49ers officially welcomed quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the team Tuesday with general manager John Lynch calling the acquisition, “a big win for our organization.”

Garoppolo directed a spread offense at a small school, Eastern Illinois, in college. But Lynch noted the significance of him playing behind Tom Brady in New England the last four seasons. Garoppolo started two games – both Patriots wins in 2016 – in that span. However, he suffered an injury to his shoulder in his second start that year and had to give way to his backup, Jacoby Brissett. Garoppolo has thrown 94 passes in four seasons.

“Albeit in limited game action, Jimmy has displayed the characteristics and traits that we believe are vital to being a successful quarterback in this league,” Lynch said in a statement. “He has had the rare opportunity to sit and learn from a future Hall of Fame quarterback in a championship atmosphere.”

The 49ers shipped their own second-round pick to New England for the quarterback, who turns 26 on Thursday. San Francisco still has a second-round pick, which belongs to the Saints and which likely will come toward the end of the round. The trade is contingent on Garoppolo passing a physical this morning.

Due to their injury-ravaged roster, the 49ers likely will make several roster moves this week. One of them is expected to be releasing quarterback Brian Hoyer, who could join the Patriots to be Brady’s backup.

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49ers’ 2018 draft picks

1st: own pick

2nd: (Saints)

3rd: own pick

3rd: (Bears)

4th: (Steelers)

6th: own pick

7th: own pick

7th: (Chiefs)

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