Kyle Shanahan denies report that 49ers spurned Patriots' trade offer


An explosive 49ers-related report made the rounds on Twitter Tuesday night, as’s Matt Miller shared an excerpt from Seth Wickersham’s new book titled “It’s Better to Be Feared,” which chronicles the New England Patriots behind the scenes.

In the excerpt, Wickersham reported that the Patriots turned down a 2021 second-rounder pick in exchange for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Speaking with the media Wednesday in Santa Clara, coach Kyle Shanahan shot down the report, saying there was no truth to it.

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“No. None,” Shanahan said. “I’d also like to not keep on answering questions about a book. I promise if that was the case, I would have talked to their head coach.”

Much ado about nothing?

Taking Shanahan at his word, it appears this potential deal never actually happened. So forget that alternate reality where Mac Jones is on the 49ers and they still have first-round picks for 2022 and 2023, because San Francisco is locked into Trey Lance and Garoppolo under center.

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Lance is slated to return to the practice field Wednesday after missing last week with a knee sprain that held him out of the Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. On Monday, Shanahan said Garoppolo would start against the Chicago Bears in Week 8.

“We didn’t draft Trey to just fix this year,” Shanahan said. “We drafted him so he could be the quarterback here of the future. Again, that’s a matter of time. But we’re not playing him just because of what our record is, or because of that.”