3 Most Likely Jimmy Garoppolo Trade Destinations Following the NFL Draft
Nothing is official yet, but all signs point to the San Francisco 49ers turning to second-year pro Trey Lance to take over the starting gig in 2022. That would leave Jimmy Garoppolo haning out to dry and hoping that he would be traded prior to Week 1. The good news is that QB-needy teams still exist.
A number of teams decided to pass at the QB position and could look toward the trade market as a way to fill in the gap. There's no denying that Garoppolo's experience playing in big games could come in handy. With that in mind, here's a look at the three of the best trade destinations for Jimmy G.
Jimmy Garoppolo Trade Destinations
1. Houston Texans
The Texans have been rumored to be in the market for a quarterback ever since trading away Deshaun Watson in March. While Houston seems intent on building around 23-year-old Davis Mills, it wouldn't hurt to have a quarterback on the roster that owns a career record of 33-14. Garoppolo has also posted a 67.7% completion percentage and averaged a league-best 12.7 yards per completion in 2021. He has proven that he is capable of leading teams to victory and Houston hasn't won more than four games since 2019. Jimmy G could speed up the Texans' rebuilding plan and comes with much more upside than either Kyle Allen or Jeff Driskel does.
2. Detroit Lions
It's safe to say the Lions were less than thrilled with what starter Jared Goff was able to accomplish in his first season with the team in 2021. The 27-year-old averaged only 231.8 passing yards per game and 9.8 yards per completion despite trailing in most games. Both of those marks were his lowest since 2016. Head coach Dan Campbell has a locker room full of players that want to win and offensive weapons that include D'Andre Swift, Amon-Ra St. Brown and 2022 first-round pick Jameson Williams. This could be a situation that Garoppolo can walk right into and immediately succeed.
3. Carolina Panthers
The Seattle Seahawks line up as another logical destination here, but it is seeming more and more unlikely that San Francisco sends Garoppolo to another NFC West squad. Yes, the Carolina Panthers may be more of a long shot at this point after drafting Ole Miss' Matt Corral. However, Sam Darnold has been nothing short of a disappointment and P.J. Walker is playing on a one-year deal. Carolina really has no future plan if Corral ends up being a bust. Trading for Garoppolo would give head coach Matt Rhule a player he can rely on to mentor Corral and help him adjust to the NFL level. Not only that, but he can also win some games in the process.
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