(USA TODAY Sports) — Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch made a big move for a quarterback — albeit not the one many expected.
The San Francisco 49ers acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots on Monday in exchange for a 2018 second-round draft pick, two people familiar with the trade told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because neither had been authorized to disclose the deal, which had not been announced.
ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report the deal.
The move comes as one of the NFL's most surprising trades before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.
A second-round pick out of Eastern Illinois in 2014, Garoppolo was in his fourth season serving as Tom Brady's backup. He started two games for the Patriots last season while Brady was serving a four-game suspension. He is in the final year of his contract, leaving the 49ers with the option of signing him to a new deal or issuing the franchise tag.
New England currently has no other quarterbacks on its active roster. The team also traded Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts in September.
One option could be Brian Hoyer, who was released by the 49ers on Monday after the deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hoyer played for the Patriots from 2009-11 and served as San Francisco's starter before rookie third-round pick C.J. Beathard took over in Week 7.
Prior to the deal, the 49ers had been considered a possible landing spot this coming offseason for Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, who previously worked with Shanahan from 2012-13 when the first-year 49ers coach served as the Redskins' offensive coordinator.
San Francisco hosts the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.