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    Patriots deal QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers for 2018 draft pick

    The San Francisco 49ers have traded a 2018 second-round draft pick for New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday night.

    San Francisco had two second-round picks, but the one traded for Garoppolo is its original second-round pick, a source said.

    The 49ers and Patriots began discussing the trade Monday morning and by evening the trade was officially agreed upon. The 49ers have also decided to release veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, a source told Schefter.

    Garoppolo, 25, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The 49ers are likely to keep him by signing him to a new deal or tagging him as their franchise player.

    "I really don't know," Brady said. "I've been at home all day and learned the news at home. That's up for everyone else to decide. My job is quarterback and that's what I'm focused on."

    Brady said he hoped Garoppolo will make a good starting quarterback for the 49ers.

    "He's put in all the effort," Brady said. "I've watched him for 3 years and really enjoyed working with him. Hopefully he goes on and does a great job."

    Garoppolo started New England's first two games in 2016 amid Brady's four-game "Deflategate" suspension before spraining his shoulder. Garoppolo was 42-for-59 passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the two wins for the eventual Super Bowl champions. For Garoppolo, a second-round pick in the 2014 draft by the Patriots out of Eastern Illinois, it has been his only significant playing time in the NFL.

    Still, the trade for Garoppolo comes as a surprise if only because most Niners quarterback speculation centered on Cousins, who could become a free agent in March and has longstanding ties to San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan.

    In trading for Garoppolo now, the 49ers have the chance to get him into Shanahan's system and control his rights with the franchise or transition tag should they be unable to sign him to a long-term contract extension.
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