How close were Patriots to trading for Jimmy Garoppolo before NFL Draft?

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In the weeks and months leading up to the NFL Draft, there were rumors the Patriots could potentially look to bring back Jimmy Garoppolo via trade.

In Seth Wickersham's new book, “It’s Better to Be Feared," he details what those conversations were like and how close it was to actually happening.

“There was an informal call between a high-level representative of the Patriots and a high-level 49ers official,” Wickersham wrote in the last chapter of the book. “What was Garoppolo’s price? New England wondered if a second-rounder would suffice—calling it even from 2017. But the 49ers wouldn’t take less than a first.

"For the moment, at least, San Francisco was counting on Garoppolo to be the quarterback in 2021. The Patriots reached the same conclusion as San Francisco -- they liked the potential of the available first-round quarterbacks more than Garoppolo -- and moved on."

The 49ers eventually ended up by sending a haul of draft picks to Miami to move up to No. 3 overall to select Trey Lance and the Patriots stayed at No. 15 and selected Mac Jones.

It appears the Patriots made the right decision.