49ers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Tom Brady, Marquise Goodwin Trade, More

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2020

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on October 07, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The 49ers' 2020 offseason has been one marked with big decisions for the reigning NFC champions. 

After a breakout season under head coach Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco has been faced with franchise-defining decisions. It reached an agreement to bring back Arik Armstead but decided to trade DeForest Buckner for a first-round selection. Jimmie Ward was brought back, while Emmanuel Sanders is off to New Orleans

The team likely isn't done making decisions yet. As the second wave of free agency starts and the secondary trade market heats up, the Niners could still have some moves to make. Potential trade assets and the decision to keep Jimmy Garoppolo over Tom Brady highlight the latest rumors surrounding the team. 


49ers Were Brady's No. 1 Choice

SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out offensive signals against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter of their NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Pho
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Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots is one of the biggest stories of the NFL offseason. The six-time Super Bowl winner is headed to Tampa Bay after 20 seasons with the franchise that drafted him. 

As information continues to come out about the star quarterback's split, it sounds more and more like the Niners could have had him if they wanted. 

Seth Wickersham of ESPN reported that Brady's interest with San Francisco was real and that the 49ers were interested to some degree. 

"Brady made it clear through various channels that the team of his childhood would be the team of his future, if the 49ers wanted," Wickersham reported. "The 49ers discussed it, but in the end, the team was committed to Jimmy Garoppolo."

San Francisco's interest in Brady reportedly goes back much further than 2020. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reported Bill Belichick originally wanted to trade Brady to San Francisco in 2017, not Garoppolo. However, owner Robert Kraft shot that idea down. 

Ultimately, the Niners have chosen to go with Garoppolo moving forward. The 27-year-old had a successful first season as the team's starter, but he was the focus of questions when he only attempted 27 passes in the first two playoff games. 

Given the team's choice to keep Garoppolo over potentially adding Brady, any questions about how much the organization trusts Jimmy G should be put to rest. 


Team 'Would Like to Deal' Marquise Goodwin

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 15: Marquise Goodwin #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs for a touchdown after a reception during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/
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With Emmanuel Sanders leaving in free agency, the team has an opening within the receiving corps. It doesn't look like Marquise Goodwin is going to be counted on to fill the void. 

Answering questions from his mailbag, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports reported the 49ers "would like to deal" Marquise Goodwin. 

The speedy 29-year-old was good for the team in 2017 when he was originally brought on. He put up 962 yards on 962 yards on 56 catches, but he's given diminishing returns ever since. In 2019 he had just 12 catches and 186 yards in nine games. 

As Maiocco noted, finding a trade partner is going to be difficult. 

The receiver carries a $4.9 million cap hit in 2020, and this draft class is loaded with receiver talent. Considering receivers like Breshad Perriman and Tajae Sharpe are still available on the open market, it's hard to believe the team will find much interest in Goodwin even if they aren't looking for much. 


Matt Breida Available for Trade

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 11: Matt Breida #22 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Divisional Round Playoff game at Levi's Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Se
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Only the Baltimore Ravens had a more effective running game than the 49ers last season. Much of that success was due to the offensive line; some was because of the scheme, and a lot of credit belongs to the stable of running backs that stepped up throughout the season. 

One of them was Matt Breida. The 25-year-old was second on the team in rushing yards with 623. 

San Francisco placed a second-round tender to retain the running back next season, but that might not be the end of his offseason. 

Maiocco reported the team is "open to discussing trades with other teams for less compensation than it would take to sign him to an offer sheet." 

As shown by the Buckner trade, the team isn't afraid to move on from good, young players if it means getting draft capital in return. The Niners have two first-round picks but don't have another pick until the fifth round. 

Getting rid of Breida to get a mid-round pick when they already have a stable of backs who can pick up the slack would be a coup. 


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