The timing for a Jimmy Garoppolo reunion is lining up for the New England Patriots if they find they want to pursue their old backup quarterback. It doesn’t make perfect sense, but there is a scenario where the Patriots might be interested in trading for Garoppolo — or even signing him, if the 49ers were to cut him.
San Francisco benched Garoppolo on Sunday, but for now, let’s avoid viewing the move as a death knell for his tenure with the 49ers. The quarterback has been dealing with an ankle injury, and coach Kyle Shanahan explained away the decision as a medical precaution. So I’ll admit that exploring this concept is a tad premature, especially considering we’re in the same calendar year as Garoppolo’s Super Bowl appearance.