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The idea of Tom Brady to the San Francisco 49ers is catching on

The idea of Tom Brady to the San Francisco 49ers is catching on

Until Tom Brady picks a landing spot, we are going to have to deal with plenty of rumors and speculation connecting him to various teams.

That said, this one is wild. How about Tom Brady to the San Francisco 49ers? Wouldn’t that be something?

This is still more in the rumor stages and doesn’t have a ton of substance to it yet, but there has been a lot of chatter. Just for how fun the hypothetical is, it makes sense why this story has caught on.

It’s fun because the 49ers were just in the Super Bowl and starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not have a good game. Brady could be an upgrade and could put the 49ers over the top. Brady is also from the Bay Area.

It’s more fun because Garoppolo left the New England Patriots to get away from Brady’s shadow and carve out his own starting role. If there is mutual interest between Brady and the 49ers and the move materialized, that’s the stuff of epic grudges.

Would the 49ers want a 42-year-old quarterback when they just went to the Super Bowl with a 28-year-old? If Brady gets the 49ers a Super Bowl at the cost of some long-term success, it could be worth it, but it’s a huge risk.

NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran said it’s more than speculation, something the Boston Herald confirmed.

Where would that leave Garoppolo? Could he go back to New England?

If it’s just a straight swap, even if not explicitly made through a trade, that would have less of a domino effect on the quarterback market than Brady going to a team like Las Vegas or Nashville, for example. Even so, it would make one heck of a storyline.

If Brady goes to the 49ers and Garoppolo becomes available, could the Bears step in and get Garoppolo to come home? If the Rolling Meadows native doesn't go straight to the Patriots to finally get the starting job he had been groomed for, he would be an upgrade over Mitch Trubisky for the Bears.

It's a lot of its without anything real, but it's a heck of a thought.

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Patrick Mahomes isn't the only 'what if' for the Bears in Super Bowl LIV

Patrick Mahomes isn't the only 'what if' for the Bears in Super Bowl LIV

Buckle up, Bears fans. Super Bowl LIV isn't going to be pleasant. Have your TUMS ready. Keep a barf bag nearby. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to throw as much salt in the 2017 NFL draft wound as he will yards and touchdown passes against the 49ers, but he won't be the only quarterback who will have Chicago asking what if.

The 2017 offseason may go down as the most damning of any in recent Bears history. GM Ryan Pace's decision to pass on Mahomes and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is the obvious reason, but his choice to sign Mike Glennon in free agency instead of trading for then-Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is another variable in a period of four months that could end up setting the franchise back many, many years.

Chicago entered that offseason with a huge void at quarterback after deciding to part ways with Jay Cutler. The free-agent quarterback market, which was headlined by Glennon, wasn't considered a viable source for a legitimate solution for quarterback-needy teams. Instead, it was Garoppolo, who was very much available on the trade market, who many identified as the big prize for clubs searching for a franchise-caliber talent.

And remember: the Bears were rumored to be interested in Garoppolo. CBS Sports' NFL insider Jason LaConfora provided this nugget of information in February that year:

"The Chicago Bears will make a strong, concerted effort to acquire quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Illinois native is far and away their top offseason priority."

It was a trade that never materialized. And with Glennon as the only potential starter on the roster entering draft weekend, the move for Trubisky was made.

Just six months after draft weekend concluded, the 49ers traded a 2018 second-round pick for Garoppolo and the rest is history. He's been exactly what many analysts predicted: a winning quarterback who can take advantage of a strong supporting cast and win a lot of games.

Mahomes, Watson and Garoppolo were all within Pace's reach that offseason. Instead, he came away with Glennon and Trubisky. It should come as no surprise why the Bears are watching Super Bowl LIV from home while the Chiefs and 49ers will be celebrated on the game's biggest stage.

Teams that can't evaluate quarterbacks properly will always play from behind. If the Bears don't get it right at the game's most important position this offseason, they'll continue to fall short and live in the memory of 1985.

Jimmy Garoppolo's high school crafts special message for QB ahead of Super Bowl LIV

Jimmy Garoppolo's high school crafts special message for QB ahead of Super Bowl LIV

The Rolling Meadows High School community will be paying extra attention to Super Bowl LIV.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a 2010 Rolling Meadows graduate, and the 49ers will take on the Chiefs Sunday in Miami. Ahead of the big game, members of the school shared a special message for the 28-year-old signal caller.

That's some legit legit school spirit right there.

Besides Garoppolo, former Bears kicker Robbie Gould is also a 49er. If you aren't sure which team to root for on Sunday, San Francisco could be the way to go.