Latest news on the commercial market of Garoppolo

While the 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continues to recover from shoulder surgery, San Francisco is doing everything it can to make sure it doesn’t give away its former starter for too much money. While the team allowed Garoppolo to seek a trade, they are willing to wait for the day of the list reduction to move itin order to get maximum value, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

According to Rapoport, there simply isn’t an ideal business partner for Garoppolo. When you look at quarterback halls in the NFL, there really isn’t a team that struggles enough to field a starting quarterback that they would be willing to take Garoppolo’s salary.

There are teams like the Falcons that don’t have an ideal starting quarterback. Atlanta will employ Marcus Mariota as QB1 despite not having started a game since losing the Titans job to Ryan Tannehill in 2019. Some might think it would be worth bringing in Garoppolo who, in the two full seasons he started, amassed a 22-9 win-loss record and took San Francisco to the championship game NFC both years. But Atlanta probably isn’t willing to shell out $24 million for the final year of Garoppolo’s contract. Especially when Mariota has shown his ability to win games in his career and, even if Mariota fails, he may prove to be a stopgap to give away a rookie pick in the third round. Desmond Cavalier time to adjust to the NFL.

The Steelers are in a similar boat to the Falcons. Pittsburgh will use Mitchell Trubisky in input as Kenny Pickett becomes an NFL starter. The Panthers were in a similar boat, starting Sam Darnold with Matt Coral waiting in the wings, before they make the trip to Mayfield Bakerwho is still on his much more team-friendly rookie contract.

The Seahawks are a team that would instantly improve with the addition of Garoppolo. It would provide an upgrade to either Geno Smith Where Drew Lock, but Seattle has made it clear that they will be fine moving forward with the Smith-Lock quarterback battle. What’s more likely is that they would prefer where they are now than having to accept Garoppolo’s contract.

There are a few other teams that have a starting quarterback in place, but it’s either a short-term veteran without much of a backup plan, or a young starter who may not have still totally convinced the franchise.

For the first scenario, we look at the Colts and the Rams. Indianapolis signed former Falcons franchise quarterback matt ryan, in exchange for a third-round pick, to be their starter. Ryan is six seasons shy of his MVP season and five seasons shy of his last winning record. Behind Ryan, 37, 33 Nick Foles and unproven young Sam Ehlinger and Jack Coan. Bringing in proven 30-year-old starter Garoppolo could end the Colts’ one-year lease system at the quarterback they’ve employed in recent years. But, apparently, the $24 million price tag is too high for the potential for longevity at quarterback.

As for the Rams, don’t get mad. It is understood that Matthew Stafford won them a Super Bowl last year and they rewarded him with a four-year extension, but hear us out: he’s 34. While he’s a perfectly usable quarterback at the moment, calling him a blueprint for the future would just be unrealistic. Beyond Stafford, the Rams roster John Wofford, Bryce Perkinsand Luis Perez. Adding Garoppolo would be a blueprint for the team’s long-term future, but Los Angeles will likely be reluctant to accept Garoppolo’s contract just to have him sit around until Stafford is done playing.

For teams with young talent who have yet to convince their teams that they are legit, we have the Lions, Texans, Giants, Dolphins and Eagles. Now in Detroit, Goff is a veteran at this point, but he’s still only 27. He showed plenty of winning ability during his six-year career but struggled to find success after leaving a talented Rams side for the Lions. The Texans expressed their full confidence in Davis Mills, who started 11 games for Houston last year as a rookie. Mills struggled to find success on the team, but showed promise as a starting quarterback late in the season, enough to prevent the Texans from using one of their two first-round picks. (or one of their nine total draft picks) on a quarterback. Detroit and Houston are in the unfortunate position of having little to no reliable depth at quarterback, which could leave them in extremely awkward positions if either starter fails to progress or gets injured.

The Giants, Dolphins and Eagles also all have young starters, but they all have a decent backup option as potential protection. The Giants will enter Year 4 with Daniel Jones under center but have a veteran Tyrod Taylor to support him. The Dolphins are still experimenting Tua Tagovailoa but they are veterans Teddy Bridgewater as a backup option. And Philadelphia rolls with it Jalen hurts but having another youngster with starting experience behind him in Gardner Minshew.

These five teams would like Garoppolo to come in as a failsafe to make sure they can win football games if their young starters don’t develop. But none of them need that assurance enough to justify taking their course.

So the 49ers are waiting. They realize that, right now, the only way they can trade Garoppolo is to give up value. That could mean eating part of Garoppolo’s contract to make the deal more palatable or making less of a trade return. Either way, San Francisco was adamant about getting value from Garoppolo.

They are waiting and will continue to wait because a lot can happen before the list reduction deadline. Any team could suffer an extremely unfortunate season-ending injury to their starting quarterback, and, if that happens, Garoppolo’s value goes right back up. It’s a waiting game in the Bay Area, and they’re nothing but patient.

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