There appear to be no hard feelings between the 49ers and Patriots after last year’s lopsided Jimmy Garoppolo deal set up San Francisco with a franchise quarterback and robbed New England of a Tom Brady succession plan for nothing more than a second-round pick and a thank you.
The two franchises got together Friday for a trade that looks to be a little more in Brady and Co.’s favor.
The 49ers sent right tackle Trent Brown to the Patriots along with a fifth-round pick (143rd overall) in exchange for a late third-rounder (95th overall).
If that sounds like a lot for a little on the 49ers’ part, it is, but they drafted Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth pick of the draft Thursday, making Brown’s services redundant.
Brown is entering the final year of his contract and is coming off shoulder surgery, but the Patriots like his pass-protecting abilities and want him lined up in front of Brady. Not a bad idea to protect the three-time league MVP when his best backup option now is starting in the City by the Bay. Particularly after the Patriots lost tackle Nate Solder to the Giants in free agency.
For their part, 49ers fans applauded the McGlinchey pick, loving the new protection for Garoppolo, so it seems fair to wonder — fair price or not — if the Patriots aren’t getting taken for a ride once again.
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