Ah, remember all those Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors? The significant interest from the Bears? The steep price? The other interested teams?
Remember the Bears instead trading up to draft Mitch Trubisky, acquiring the second overall pick from the 49ers to make the selection?
Well, it all kinda re-collides tonight:
Major QB shakeup: 49ers trading 2018 2nd-round draft pick to New England for Patriots’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
The price tag there figures to be a very early second rounder next year, so there’s substantial value being given up by the 49ers, who’ll now look to extend Garoppolo on a long-term deal.
I can’t help but wonder if this will bring folks out of the woodwork who hated the Bears’ draft day move, but a first-impression question we have to ask: would you rather have Mitchell Trubisky on his rookie deal (minus the fractional cost to move up a pick and the guaranteed money spent on Mike Glennon this year), or would you rather have impending free agent Jimmy Garoppolo (minus the 2018 second rounder, plus the right to extend and/or franchise)?
It’s a fair question, but I don’t see how too many could conclude that the Bears erred in not going the Garoppolo route if this kind of trade was ever made available to them.