The San Francisco 49ers put Jimmy Garoppolo on the clock the moment they traded three first round picks to move up to the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. It was evident the team was looking for one of the top quarterback talents in the draft to eventually replace Garoppolo. That speculation turned out to be true, as Niners ended up taking Trey Lance out of North Dakota State, who got two starts and played in five games this season.
Garoppolo has come out and said he expects to be traded by the team in the 2022 offseason. Here are potential landing spots and trade destinations for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Much has been made of the Steelers going after Aaron Rodgers in the offseason. That, however, would require a huge amount of draft capital and maybe some current talent. The Steelers do not usually operate like that and would likely not mortgage their future in that way to try and squeeze the last drops out of Rodgers’ career.
Garoppolo, though, may only take a second or a third round pick to acquire. The 49ers are clearly moving on and are not going to ask for a king’s ransom for the 30-year-old. There is some good offensive talent on this roster, and with a good-enough quarterback, they can be back in contention for the playoffs immediately. Garoppolo is not a mind-blowing talent, but could absolutely be that good-enough guy. This trade can easily make sense for everyone involved.
New York Giants
The Giants have, strangely, continued to throw their support behind Daniel Jones, who is looking more and more like a career backup. There is an under-the-radar embarrassment of riches on the Giants’ offense, and Jones is simply not utilizing it well enough (barring injuries to Saquon Barkley).
Garoppolo, for his faults, is battle-tested and had a lead in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl. He is an immediate upgrade from the current quarterback situation, and with a new head coach incoming in Brian Daboll, the two could implement a new system and start building something together in New York.
Not to mention, the draft capital needed to trade for Garoppolo could be downsized if the Giants throw in Jones to serve as Lance’s backup.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In a bit of poetic irony, Garoppolo could be the quarterback to succeed Tom Brady. But not in New England, as was planned when he was drafted by the Patriots in 2014. Rather, the Buccaneers could make a trade for him to make sure their Super Bowl window does not slam shut on their hands after Brady’s retirement.
Again, as strange as it seems with all of the injuries and reckless play, all Garoppolo does is win in the NFL. He has a record of 33-14 in 47 starts with a 4-2 record in the postseason. If the Bucs can somehow hold together some semblance of the borderline super team they were rolling out on the field the last two years, Garoppolo can take advantage of it and have them back in the playoffs. The trade itself is really the only hurdle here.
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