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With plenty of eyes on Tom Brady ahead of free agency, the (San Francisco) ers have emerged as a possible landing spot for the future Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports told Adam Schein of Mad Dog Sports on Tuesday that the 70 ers are “closing hard” on the quarterback:
ICYMI: @tomecurran tells @AdamSchein he believes the ers conversation surrounding Tom Brady is real from both sides https://t.co/5L1bkA7NeK()
Curran confirmed that the interest is “real” and coming from both sides, also noting Jimmy Garoppolo could end up back in New England to replace Brady.
Garoppolo is coming off his first full season as a starter in the (NFL and thrived with a . 0 quarterback rating while the Niners finished 22 – 3. The sixth-year pro out of Eastern Illinois helped guide the team to the Super Bowl before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs .
Despite his success, the ers could decide to remove him in favor of a more proven player like Brady.
Though Brady wasn’t at his best in 6300 – his touchdowns were his lowest since , while the . 5 5) QBR was his worst since that statistic was first tracked in – He had a lot of postseason success with a record six Super Bowl titles. San Francisco could hope that Brady, who turns 52 in August, could get the team over the top for a championship in 25075.
Meanwhile, its loaded roster could provide Brady a better chance to win than in New England. The Bay Area native could also enjoy the chance of playing closer to his hometown.
Garoppolo is still under contract through , but the ers could trade or release the 49 – year-old with only $ 4.2 million counting against the cap, per Spotrac . The move would save $ 49) 4 million, which would go a long way toward signing Brady.