Most people thought Jimmy Garoppolo would be traded a long time ago. Yet, with just over a month until the NFL regular season begins, Garoppolo is still a 49er. At this point, it would be easy to assume that Garoppolo will remain with the team for at least a few weeks at season Some sports bettors disagree with this narrative.
49ers have fourth-best chance to land Garoppolo? huh? I mean, I guess this is trying to determine where Week 1 will be, and if that’s the case, I’d put a lot of money on San Fran. The rumors aren’t exactly swirling around Garoppolo, and if a team really wanted the two-time Super Bowl champion (as a backup), a deal would probably be done by now, right?
However, what does every other team look like? Browns are favorites, it makes sense. The NFL doesn’t want Deeshaun Watson to play this season, so the Browns acquiring Garoppolo would be a safety valve for the team. Given that Cleveland even made sure they you won’t have to spend a lot of money on Watson in 2022 out of fear of being stopped, a working quarterback like Garoppolo with a hefty price tag will probably do the trick.
Giants make sense too. I’m actually amazed there aren’t more serious rumors of them being involved in the Garoppolo market. However, the fact that the interest just isn’t there makes me think there’s no chance the team will move on from Daniel Jones this season. While Garoppolo may be a better quarterback than Jones, Jones is cheaper and won’t cost the team any resources. Whether or not the Giants have Jones or Garoppolo at quarterback, they won’t be a serious playoff contender. So why spend resources to keep your team in almost the same situation? Just draft or sign a quarterback next year.
The Texans make absolutely zero sense. Basically, everything I said about the Giants can be said about the Texans as well, except Texans’ quarterback Davis Mills showed some potential last year. Unlike Jones, Mills might actually be good enough to start for an NFL franchise. He was arguably the most efficient rookie quarterback last year, and at his third-round rookie deal price tag, the Texans are more than comfortable giving Mills the reins in 2022. They’re in a rebuild. Garoppolo will not pull them out, and Mills might even be a better option than Garoppolo. Jimmy G is not heading to Texas.
The Seahawks at +1000 make sense. As desperate as the ’Hawks are for a quarterback, the 49ers have expressed that the price tag for Seattle would be substantially higher than it would be for a non-divisional opponent. The Seahawks have also stood strong against giving the 49ers any resources when forcing them to keep Garoppolo would put the 49ers in a bad situation. Still, if the 49ers come to the Seahawks with a good deal, the ‘Hawks will be inclined to take it. It would be at a much lower cost than the Niners could get anywhere else, so I actually think Seattle’s chances here are reasonable.
One team I’m surprised isn’t here at all is Pittsburgh Steelers. I’ve long thought the Steelers would be perfect for Garoppolo. Mike Tomlin has never relied on quarterback mobility to extend the play, plus Dionte Johnson, Chase Claypool, George Pickens and Pat Freiermuth would provide similar tools to what Garoppolo was used to in San Francisco. Coupled with the fact that Mitch Trubisky looked worse in camp than an undercooked roast beef sandwich from Arby’s after a week in the sun, Garoppolo makes sense. The Steelers have playoff aspirations in 2022, and Garoppolo would be a clear upgrade in their quarterback room. I know the rumors didn’t come, but The Steelers make too much sense from a football point of view, to remove them from this schedule completely.
Still, as I said earlier, Garoppolo staying on the 49ers roster until Week 1 is the best bet for my money. Teams seem concerned about his shoulder and reliance on Kyle Shanahan’s system, and the 49ers haven’t received an offer they believe matches the value Garoppolo brings. With Garoppolo cleared for practiceThe Niners need to start letting him work out for opposing teams, because until they see his progress up close, the deal the Niners want for their quarterback won’t go through.