Pats deal Jimmy Garoppolo to 49ers; likely to sign Brian Hoyer once he’s cut

The San Francisco 49ers traded a 2018 second-round draft pick for New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Tuesday.

San Francisco had two second-round picks after making a draft-day trade with the New Orleans Saints this year, but the one traded for Garoppolo is its original second-round pick, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“Albeit in limited game action, Jimmy has displayed the characteristics and traits that we believe are vital to being a successful quarterback in this league. He has had the rare opportunity to sit and learn from a future Hall of Fame quarterback in a championship atmosphere.”

49ers GM John Lynch

The 49ers said that Garoppolo still has to pass a physical and that a news conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The 49ers have also decided to release veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, a source told Schefter. Hoyer’s release has not officially been announced. Once released by the Niners, Hoyer is expected to sign with the Patriots barring an unexpected turn, a source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

Garoppolo is not expected to start

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