For Patriots fans who want Jimmy Garoppolo back, a recent move could make it more realistic

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For those who want Jimmy Garoppolo to return to New England for next season, the 49ers made a move Tuesday which gives it a better chance of happening.

Following Nick Mullens going on injured reserve, the 49ers signed Josh Rosen off the Buccaneers practice squad. Rosen was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

With Rosen now in the mix, the 49ers now have him along with Mullens and C.J. Beathard at the position and could potentially sign another player this offseason. It is worth noting Rosen signed just a one-year deal, but if the organization likes what they see over the next few weeks, he easily could be brought back in 2021.

If a free agent is brought in and/or Rosen is retained, that could be viewed as a sign Garoppolo will be let go.

If the 49ers cut Garoppolo after this season, they would only have $2.8 million in dead cap money and could result in $25.5 million in savings, both against the cap and in terms of real money in 2021, as well as $25.6 million in real money in 2022.

Bringing in Rosen, a former first-round pick, could be viewed by some as the team planning on moving on from Garoppolo this offseason.

If Garoppolo is released it seems likely the Patriots would have some interest given his knowledge of the system and how much Bill Belichick likes him.

For what it's worth, the 49ers organization has expressed belief in Garoppolo this season, but things can change quickly in the NFL.