If anyone on the Patriots staff didn't like how Jimmy G was looking, they should be fired immediately because Jimmy G clearly has that special factor. Look at what he did for San Fran.
What was weird about the timing of the trade?
They didn't trade him in that off season, because they needed to see if Brady could still actually make it happen in games.
Once they got up to the deadline, and Brady still clearly has 'it's, they faced the choice of keeping Jimmy and losing him for nothing at the end of the season for nothing, or getting something for him now.
I am not saying the Kraft-Brady deal didn't occur, and it seems certainly possible, but the timing of this trade was not in any way "weird".
Get a high second, or a late third comp pick.
Or trade Brady.
But something had to be done. Keeping both was not an option.
Yea I agree that it could definitely be this, or any number of other reasons (or the story could be mostly true too). It could be that the staff didn't like the way Garrapolo was looking in practice. It could be that Graapolo's agent made it clear in September (but not May) that was he would never sign here this offseason. It could be that the team thought Brady looked better than he would at age 40 and became more comfortable. The timing of the article also seems like it has an agenda of trying to disrupt the playoffs right before the playoffs start.
Ok so I listed 3 reasons and you disagree with 1. Are the other two not believable?
Also interesting to think about this comparison: Colin Kaepernick last five full games in 2016:
64.6 completion percentage on 164 attempts
1,093 passing yards for 9 TD, 2 INT and passer rating of 96.9
27 rushes for 188 yards and 1 TDJimmy Garoppolo last five full games in 2017:
67.1 completion percentage on 176 attempts
1,542 passing yards for 6 TD, 5 INT and passer rating of 94.0
14 rushes for 7 yards and 1 TD
I think Garoppolo could be an excellent player, but he is definitely getting a ton of extra hype from the fact that the 49ers got a streak going with 2 impressive wins and 3 games they may have won anyways (in the final week the Rams start Mannion at qb and Brown at RB).
I think he could very well have a great year next year, but lets not assume he is all-time great just yet.