The San Francisco 49ers never extended an official offer to Tom Brady in free agency, but that doesn't mean they weren't interested.

NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran reported in early March the 49ers were in play for Brady. Although that never came to fruition, Niners general manager John Lynch admitted Tuesday there were discussions about San Francisco potentially signing the former New England Patriots quarterback.

Lynch explained the 49ers' interest in Brady during his interview on "The Rich Eisen Show."

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“When you’re talking about one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time with Tom Brady, of course, you’re going to have some internal discussion,” Lynch told Eisen. “And then you hear rumors that hey, he’d like to come home, that kind of thing.

“So of course Kyle [Shanahan] and I have discussions,” Lynch added. “We’re always into getting better, so you always look at everything, especially a situation like that. But within a day or two, Kyle and I looked at each other and said, ‘You know what? We really like what we have in Jimmy.’ We love everything that he brings and we really believe it’s a long-term answer. I would tell you we’re more convinced than ever about who our quarterback is in Jimmy Garoppolo.”

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The vote of confidence for Jimmy Garoppolo is warranted as the former Pats backup QB helped San Francisco reach Super Bowl 54 in February. Still, any time a player like Brady becomes available, there's going to be some chatter in the front office.


Instead of heading home to Northern California, Brady will continue his career as QB of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the 42-year-old is taking his longtime tight end Rob Gronkowski with him.