The San Francisco 49ers were so close to the ultimate glory again.
Regardless of who was under center, Kyle Shanahan’s team managed to stay competitive throughout the season, but that may not be a winning formula going forward.
Niners need to face facts and realize that Trey Lance may not be the right guy for them right now.
While he’s an intriguing prospect, he’s missed way too much development time with injuries, and this roster is built to win now.
Brock Purdy went 8-0 as a starter before suffering that UCL injury, but there are serious concerns and doubts about his upside going forward.
As for Jimmy Garoppolo, he is what he is at this point, and chances are he might only get worse, not better.
That’s why, once again, people are speculating whether the Niners will reach out to Tom Brady now that he’s a free agent.
And, according to Niners insider Cam Inman, even the players would welcome him with open arms, unlike what would happen with Aaron Rodgers, should he demand a trade:
“There’s so much doubt about Purdy and then Lance. I think you gotta reach out to Brady and see if he wants to come back to the Bay,” Inman said on The Dan Patrick Show. “Do you remember when — I mean — Brock Purdy’s first start was against Brady, and he beat him? And then, after the game, there was a reception line of Niners going up to shake Brady’s hand and get him to sign autographs. It was a surreal scene; all these fanboys came out of the Niners; they wanted Tom Brady. So, do you think he’d be welcome? Absolutely. Do you think Aaron Rodgers would be welcome? I do not; they love to beat him in the playoffs year after year.”
Cam Inman (@CamInman) explains why he thinks San Francisco would welcome Tom Brady but NOT Aaron Rodgers as their next QB. #Niners
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— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 31, 2023
It’s not a secret that both Brady and Rodgers grew up idolizing Joe Montana and rooting for the Niners.
They’ve both been tied to a move to the Bay area earlier in their careers, but the timing just hasn’t been right.
All things considered, there may never be a better moment for Brady and the Niners to join forces.
He’s a free agent, and he would have a solid offensive line and weapons to work with, as well as an elite defense.
Also, him being 45 years old already, they could have Lance and/or Purdy learning behind him for a year or two before finally being ready to take over.
It’s been too long since there was a parade in San Francisco, and they cannot afford to wait for the youngins right now.NEXT: The 49ers Have A Monumental Question To Answer