Patriots Could Take Interesting Route To Address Quarterback

The San Francisco 49ers are set to take a quarterback at No. 3 overall on Thursday night. We don't know who that quarterback will be, but we know they want to improve the most important position on the field. Where does that leave Jimmy Garoppolo though?

Well, the former New England Patriot could be heading back to his old stomping grounds.

Dale Arnold, who has been on the airwaves in Boston for 33 years, tweeted out some interesting information on Wednesday evening. According to Arnold, the Patriots are reportedly working on a new contract for Garoppolo that would send him to Foxboro.

"What I’ve been told, by a reliable source -- Patriots are working on a new contract for Jimmy G that could lead to a deal with 49ers," Arnold tweeted. "Same source who correctly told me Tom Brady had signed with Buccaneers. Doesn’t mean it will get done, but they’re working on it."

It makes sense.

Garoppolo was originally selected by New England in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He then became Brady's backup for 3.5 seasons before getting traded to the 49ers back in 2017. We've seen some good things from him when healthy, but health has been an issue.

Regardless, the Patriots are in need of a long-term quarterback. Garoppolo will turn 30 in November, but he could still have a few good years left if he can stay healthy -- that's the important thing.

If Bill Belichick and company can't make a trade into the top 10 for one of the top 5 quarterbacks, Jimmy G could be a nice fallback option. Or maybe he's the top option now. Maybe Belichick doesn't want to part with the capital it would take to get into the top 10.

Time will tell.

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Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and