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More than two years after the Patriots chose Brady over Garoppolo, the 49ers recognize that they chose Garoppolo over Brady.
G.M. John Lynch, appearing in the Tuesday edition of The Rich Eisen Show, via ESPN.com, admitted that the 49ers had internal discussions about the possibility of suing Brady.
“When you talk about one of the greatest quarters of all time with Tom Brady, of course, you’re going to have an internal discussion,” said Lynch. “And then you hear rumors that he would like to go home, that sort of thing. “
Lynch’s comments are dangerously close to confirmation of a report by Chris Simms that Brady made it known that the 49ers were his first choice, and that the 49ers, after carefully considering the situation, decided to stay with Garoppolo.
“We always want to improve, so you always look at everything, especially a situation like this,” said Lynch. “But in a day or two, Kyle and I looked at each other and said, ‘You know what? We really like what we have at Jimmy. We love everything it brings and we really think it’s a long-term answer. “I would say that we are more convinced than ever of who Jimmy Garoppolo is our quarterback. “
Lynch also said the 49ers had kept Garoppolo up to date with their thoughts on Brady. The simple fact that they feel compelled to tell Garoppolo suggests that it was something more than a passing fantasy, and that the 49ers paid real consideration to it.
Likewise, Lynch admitted that Brady’s consideration occurred after Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan made public commitments to Garoppolo during the Scouting Combine, which fits perfectly with the broader timeline that applies to Brady, letting the 49ers know that he indeed wanted to go home. .
“Kyle and I had just made a statement to Combine, showing how much we believe in Jimmy,” said Lynch. “Then those rumors come out. . . . If you start chasing all the rumors and making a statement about them, you do it all the time. Yes, it was bigger, but the important thing was that we talked to Jimmy and told him exactly what I told you. “
But they also considered Brady; they didn’t shut the door on it. Whatever the length of these deliberations, this corresponds to Simms’ report that: (1) Brady wanted to play for his team in his hometown; (2) the 49ers considered it; and (3) the 49ers decided not to do so.
Whether this Lynch disclosure will change the perception of those who shouted over Brady’s gossip in San-Fran is a different matter. Anyway, Lynch has admitted it now.