NFL: Patriots deal QB Garoppolo to 49ers, report
Los Angeles (AFP)
The San Francisco 49ers acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots for a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL entry draft, the US media reported on Monday.
Garoppolo is slated to become a free agent at the end of the season. In 17 career NFL games, Patriots backup quarterback Garoppolo has completed 63 of 94 passes for 690 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.
The Patriots are on a bye week, which allows them extra time to now find another backup quarterback via a trade or free agency.
Garoppolo played well while filling in during Tom Brady's suspension related to "Deflategate" last season. The 25-year-old American completed 68.3 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
He won both of his starts before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Garoppolo was replaced for the last two games of Brady's suspension by the Patriots' third-stringer, Jacoby Brissett.
Garoppolo is the second Brady backup to be traded in recent months. New England sent Brissett to Indianapolis shortly before the start of the season.
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