The free agency of Tom Brady this past offseason was one of the biggest stories in NFL history. The team that landed him was almost certainly going to be a Super Bowl contender and that’s exactly what has happened with Tampa Bay.
But how about the teams that failed to land Brady? What, if any, impact is there for those squads? The San Francisco 49ers were one of the teams that looked into signing Brady, with the interest mutual since his family still lives in the Bay Area.
No one knows exactly how close San Fran got to signing Brady, but the level of interest alone could have caused a problem with current quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
The 28-year-old Garoppolo just had a solid season in helping lead the team to the Super Bowl. He did have his problems in the fourth quarter of that game, but he seems focused this offseason in working out with teammates and the Brady interest seems to not be an issue.
Garoppolo was recently quoted in The Athletic regarding the team’s interest in Brady:
“It kind of comes with the territory. It comes with the job. The one thing I can say about the whole situation was Kyle (Shanahan) and John (Lynch) were very honest with me the whole time. That’s their job — to put the best team together possible and you’ve got to respect that. So as long as the honesty and truthfulness is there, I respect those guys, I love those guys. And it’s going to be a fun year this year.”
49ers are +858 to win the Super Bowl
The 49ers are +858 odds to win the Super Bowl at the Winning Poker Network sportsbooks. That only trails the Kansas City Chiefs (+525) and Baltimore Ravens (+535).
Just two years ago during the 2018 season, New England won the Super Bowl against the Rams after losing the Big Game to Philly the year before. I think the 49ers are ready for another run and are good value at these +858 odds.