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News Blitz 3/4: Ready for a Brady-Garoppolo swap?

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The Tom Brady Watch has been an ongoing phenomenon unlike any we've seen in the NFL. Will he stay or will he go debates have been topped only by ones wondering where he will eventually land.

The latest installment may be the juiciest of all because it involves one of his former teammates.

Several recent reports indicate the San Francisco 49ers may be ready to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo, who will have a large portion of his salary guaranteed on April 1 if he remains with the Niners. The thought process goes something like this: Niners coach Kyle Shanahan isn't sold on Jimmy G and lets him walk, then signs Brady as a free agent.

On the surface it seems absurd given the success Garoppolo has already enjoyed while still just 28 years old, but some caution against that thinking.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran has been at the forefront of fanning those flames. The Boston Herald says not to discount the 49ers buzz. NESN.com explores the possibility as well.

In terms of the frenzy itself, WEEI.com wonders why Brady has allowed the media circus to develop in the first place.

ESPN.com looks at some ways the Patriots might be able to replace Brady in the event that the quarterback does leave in free agency.

Amid all the Brady drama, ESPN.com offers an update on the Patriots potential compensatory picks.

Speaking of free agency, the Miami Herald reported the Dolphins may have interest in potential free agents Joe Thuney and Devin McCourty. The Athletic New Orleans reports that the Saints may pursue Jamie Collins as well. NESN.com says the Patriots are unlikely to re-sign Phillip Dorsett. WEEI.com looks at the possibility of the Patriots using the franchise tag on Thuney, or anyone else.

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