It never hurts to ask.
San Francisco 49ers rookie general manager John Lynch must live by the rule. Earlier this week the 49ers traded the New England Patriots their second-round pick in the 2018 draft for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
But that's not the most interesting part of the story. According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the 49ers were originally told Garoppolo was off limits.
So Lynch apparently called back to ask if four-time Super Bowl MVP, five-time champion, 12-time Pro Bowl quarterback Tom Brady was available.
Yeah, that would be a "no."