The Jimmy Garoppolo era is almost certainly over in San Francisco. And what a run it was. He was only healthy for two of his four seasons as the 49ers' full-time starter, reaching the Super Bowl in 2019 and the NFC Championship this season. But given his history of injury issues and occasionally erratic play, you have to think 49ers will turn the job over to Trey Lance next season.
That should make Jimmy G a hot commodity on the trade market. San Francisco can trade him to a QB-needy team this offseason while only incurring a dead cap hit of $1.4 million. The organization could also choose to release him, but San Francisco needs recoup some draft capital after the Lance deal. A trade feels like the most likely outcome.
Jimmy Garoppolo Trade
Here are the most likely destinations for the 30-year-old this offseason.
3. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos appear have their sights set on making a bigger splash this offseason. After the Nathaniel Hackett hiring, it feels like they're going all-in on an Aaron Rodgers pursuit. Russell Wilson might be on their radar as well. But Garoppolo would be an excellent consolation prize. He's a clear-cut upgrade over the likes of Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. This roster feels like it's a QB away from being a real contender, and adding Jimmy could get Denver back to the postseason for the first time since 2015.
2. Washington Football Team
Garoppolo would be the best QB Washington has had since Robert Griffin III's electric rookie season. The Football Team has some dynamic playmakers, a solid O-Line and one of the most talented front sevens in the league on paper. Add in a steady hand at QB and Washington would have a legit shot at winning the NFC East next season, assuming this year's defensive regression was more of a fluke than a sign of things to come.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers can't actually be planning to roll with Mason Rudolph next season. We know what that looks like at this point, and it's not pretty. Garoppolo would be a much better alternative. He's a solid game manager who has proven he can win at a high level in the right situation. He needs an elite defense, a strong running game and explosive receivers – he'd have all three in Pittsburgh. Bringing in Garoppolo as a bridge QB for a year or two would make a ton of sense for both sides.
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