Brock Purdy, the rookie quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, made waves recently when he revealed that the team had originally hoped to sign NFL legend Tom Brady as their starting quarterback for the 2023 season. The stunning revelation came during an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area & California, in which Purdy spoke about his experiences as a young player in the NFL.
Purdy, who was drafted by the 49ers in the 2023 NFL Draft, admitted that he knew the team had been interested in signing Brady as their starting quarterback, but that the future Hall of Famer ultimately chose to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers instead. “It was definitely a bit surprising,” Purdy said. “But I understand that Tom is a great player and has his own reasons for making the decisions that he did.”
The news that the 49ers were interested in signing Brady sheds light on the team’s efforts to find a suitable replacement for Jimmy Garoppolo, who was traded to the New England Patriots earlier in the off-season. With Brady now out of the picture, the 49ers turned their attention to Purdy, who will now be competing for the starting quarterback position alongside veteran signal-caller Trey Lance.
Purdy’s revelation has garnered significant attention from NFL fans and analysts, many of whom were intrigued by the idea of Brady potentially joining the 49ers. Some have speculated that Brady’s decision to sign with the Buccaneers instead of the 49ers may have been influenced by a variety of factors, including the team’s offensive weapons, coaching staff, and overall roster depth.
For his part, Purdy appears to be taking the news in stride, expressing confidence in his abilities and his potential to succeed with the 49ers. “I know that there were high expectations for Tom coming to San Francisco, but I’m focused on doing my best to help the team win,” Purdy said. “I believe in myself and in the talent that we have on this team.”
As the 2023 NFL season approaches, all eyes will be on the 49ers’ quarterback competition, with Purdy and Lance vying for the opportunity to lead the team on the field. While the absence of Brady may have initially disappointed some fans, there is no doubt that the rookie Purdy brings a fresh energy and potential to the team, and that the 49ers’ quarterback situation will be one of the most closely watched storylines of the upcoming season.