Former New England Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich is well aware of the fact that father time is undefeated.
On Friday he spent some time on WEEI’s Dale and Holley show where he told stories about his former coach, Bill Belichick, commented on new Patriots outside linebacker James Harrison and talked about why he decided to retire after last season. Ninkovich was in the middle of an interesting point about the importance of being honest with himself about not being able to play forever, when Tom Brady came up.
The Patriots’ quarterback is 40-years-old, and he will likely retire in the next few years. However, the franchise still decided to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers, and Ninkovich believes that was not a good decision.
“I think that was a mistake trading Jimmy, because Jimmy’s an unbelievable quarterback and somebody you can build a franchise around,” Ninkovich said on WEEI.
That is high praise from Ninkovich, but so far it appears that he is correct. Garoppolo has started four games for the 49ers who were a one-win team when he got the job. They have gone 4-0 since he became the starter, and he has thrown for 1,268 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.
The 49ers paid a price for Garoppolo with a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but now that looks like steal. The 26-year-old Garoppolo may bring the 49ers back to prominence, and the Patriots could be in a tough spot in the next few years when Brady can no longer play.