Jimmy Garoppolo's reaction to the 49ers trying to sign Tom Brady is peak Jimmy Garoppolo

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There's a decent chance Jimmy Garoppolo was internally enraged when 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan told their franchise quarterback they were thinking about going after a 42-year-old Tom Brady in NFL free agency.

But this is Jimmy Garoppolo, so we'll never actually know.

The 28-year-old San Francisco QB's perpetually cool attitude suggests somebody could break into his car and his reaction would be to flash his pearly whites, shake his head and calmly call the bank to cancel his credit cards. That's how it goes. I didn't like that wallet, anyway. Apparently this was his reaction — or so he says — when his bosses told him they might give his job to somebody else:

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"It kind of comes with the territory. It comes with the job," Garoppolo told The Athletic last week. "The one thing I can say about the whole situation was Kyle and John were very honest with me the whole time. That’s their job — to put the best team together possible and you’ve got to respect that.

"So as long as the honesty and truthfulness is there, I respect those guys, I love those guys. And it’s going to be a fun year this year."

Added Garoppolo: “It’s the NFL. There’s competition. Everyone’s trying to put the best team together they can. And that’s just the reality of it."

On one hand, Garoppolo is not wrong. On the other hand, he is heading into the third season of a five-year contract that pays him an average of $27.5 million per year. And he is doing so on the heels of helping the 49ers reach Super Bowl 54 in his first full season as starter.

For now, at least, he shouldn't have to worry about being replaced. Yet evidently he does.

Garoppolo's constant projection of composure, though, is part of the reason he is right to predict another "fun" year for the 49ers, a popular pick to repeat as NFC West champs. He is not and likely never will be the quarterback Brady was when the two played together in New England, but in San Francisco, he is obviously respected and even admired by his teammates. This chemistry is part of the reason why the 49ers were a few Patrick Mahomes darts away from a title.

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In that context, Lynch and Shanahan being intrigued by Brady's free agency — and their willingness to tell Garoppolo about it — is interesting.

"We looked into it to try to see if it would be better for our team this year and in the future," Shanahan said on the “TK Show” a few months ago. "And when we weighed it all together, we didn’t think it would. And we felt great with where we’re at. Kind of confirmed how we are with Jimmy."

That feels like a message: Of course we like you. But we also want you to deliver a championship in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl the way Brady has done so many times. Just letting you know.

There's no telling how Garoppolo actually feels about that message, but we know what he'd say, likely with a wink: Yep. Got it.

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