49ers pivot to posturing for a Jimmy Garoppolo trade

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In any trade negotiations, the best leverage comes from a steadfast and credible insistence that the team doesn’t really want to trade the player. The 49ers, after moving up to No. 3 in the 2021 draft with the clear goal of acquiring a new quarterback, now must steadfastly and credibly insist that they don’t want to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The ruse already has begun, with the 49ers spreading the word to multiple reporters that “Jimmy is our guy,” even though he clearly isn’t.

Really, why would the 49ers swap three first-round picks and a third-round pick for the chance to draft their quarterback of the future if Garoppolo remains their quarterback of the present? If Garoppolo is the guy now, he’s the guy later. If he’s not the guy later, then he shouldn’t be the guy now.

But to get the most out of Garoppolo in trade, the 49ers need to convince everyone (or at least one other team) that they’ll keep him. Just like the Vikings when they had “no intent” to trade Percy Harvin or the Cardinals when Josh Rosen was “our guy” or when the Giants didn’t pay Odell Beckham Jr. to trade him.

Nothing prevents the 49ers from keeping Garoppolo and paying him the $25 million he’s due to earn this year. However, it would be stupid to do so. Nothing prevents another team from trading for Garoppolo’s contract and paying him $25 million this year. However, it would be stupid to do so.

The 49ers could keep Garoppolo at a dramatically reduced salary. They also could trade him, at a reduced salary.

With no guaranteed money vesting on April 1 and no roster bonuses due in the offseason and no other trigger forcing the 49ers to move quickly, time is on the 49ers’ side. Like the Raiders with tackle Trent Brown, the 49ers can tell Garoppolo and any interested team that they’ll just keep Garoppolo and cut him later. If another team wants him now, a deal can be done that would include compensation for the 49ers, a reduced salary for Garoppolo, and (quite possibly) an agreement to throw out the final season of his deal in 2022 and to make Garoppolo a free agent after the season.

Regardless, multiple past examples show us that the messages sent by the 49ers regarding their supposed desire to keep Garoppolo should not be believed. Every team wants to get value for every asset it has. A trade is always preferred to an outright release. Anything they get for Garoppolo is better than the nothing they’d get by cutting him.

Bottom line? No one is paying Garoppolo $25 million this year. The only question is whether he takes less to stay in San Francisco, whether he takes less to facilitate a trade, or whether he’s ultimately cut.

77 responses to “49ers pivot to posturing for a Jimmy Garoppolo trade

  1. They cannot trade Jimmy G. because
    1. They have not drafted a quarterback yet.
    2. No rookie quarterback has ever won the Super Bowl.
    3. Frisco is poised to make another Super Bowl run.
    4. Jimmy G. has a no-trade clause in his contract.

    Ergo. It is simply wishful thinking for people outside of the organization to think that there is any chance Frisco will trade Jimmy G. before the regular season starts. The earliest date for a trade is a few games into the regular season. If Jimmy G. is hurt or he is performing badly on the field then he may well be traded, or even cut. But not before then.

  2. Most of the free agents being signed at this point are depth & special teams people. There would have to be a lot of scrambling to pick up a $25 million dollar contract right now. Even if Jimmy gets traded, he can look forward to being asked to re-structure his deal downward.

  3. Well when the Chiefs traded multiple first round picks for Mahomes, he sat behind Alex Smith and benefited greatly because of it.

    This would be the same approach…

  4. I would not be shocked if you are right, but I think there’s a great chance Jimmy is the starting QB next year for SF. A QB like Lance would be best served watching for a season Jimmy can be cut by next year. Or maybe they’ll shock the world and draft Sewel and Jimmy will stay healthy.

  5. Remember when the Pats got lambasted for “only” getting a second rounder for Jimmy?

  6. If Garoppolo is the guy now, he’s the guy later.

    *******

    This is wholly incorrect. Most rookie QB’s are not week 1 starter material. Jimmy could absolutely be their guy for this season with the intent of trading him a year from now.

  7. “Remember when the Pats got lambasted for “only” getting a second rounder for Jimmy?”
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    Mostly from Pats fans, as I recall….

  8. Bears will take that offer of 3 firsts, a 3rd and two defensive starters they offered Seattle, take out the defensive players and offer it up again to SF for Jimmy G.

  9. patsbrat says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    Remember when the Pats got lambasted for “only” getting a second rounder for Jimmy?

    2 0 Rate This

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    People are dumb or just want to move the goalposts on everything NE does.

    NE got Damien Harris, Stidham, Cajuste, JoeJuan Williams and a Bears 2020 4th rder.

    All of that remains to be seen, but how funny would it be JimmyG signs for 2 years, a 3rd year option and then NE turns to Stidham? lol!!

    BB has the screws on Lynch. JimmyG ain’t going anywhere but NE, hence the no trade clause which he’d just waive.

  10. That contract is un tray dibble very few teams could get it under the cap and those that could would want compensation to take on that contract.

    Welcome to NE Jimmy!

  11. @californianewton – nobody named Jimmy G has won the Super Bowl either, though one did choke the chance to throw the winning TD a couple of years ago.

    Time to move on!

  12. It doesn’t seem likely but here’s another scenario to play devil’s advocate, either the Jets or 49ers could be targeting Sewell. For the Jets, you’d think if they’re are keeping Darnold, they’d trade back. It’s all a smoke screen, Lynch already played the Bears.

  13. This doesn’t make sense. They’ll roll with Jimmy this year. If he wins they Superbowl, they keep him. If it doesn’t go well, give the rookie a shot. Regardless of what any writer thinks, 49ers will keep Garappolo as starter this year and it isn’t stupid at all.

  14. The trade for the picks was dumb, and keeping JG while paying $25 mil you don’t have to pay would be dumb. It’s not like JG is any kind of mentor, unless you need to teach a new guy how to rehab.

  15. touchback6 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    patsbrat says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    Remember when the Pats got lambasted for “only” getting a second rounder for Jimmy?

    2 0 Rate This

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    People are dumb or just want to move the goalposts on everything NE does.

    NE got Damien Harris, Stidham, Cajuste, JoeJuan Williams and a Bears 2020 4th rder.

    All of that remains to be seen, but how funny would it be JimmyG signs for 2 years, a 3rd year option and then NE turns to Stidham? lol!!

    BB has the screws on Lynch. JimmyG ain’t going anywhere but NE, hence the no trade clause which he’d just waive.

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    You move the goalposts more than anyone, you’re still here.

  16. Jimmy G is garbage. I don’t know what the fuss is about. He’ll give you 7 games a year, and 4 hood ones.

  17. Another Florio hot take.

    Matt Ryan said it took him two years to fully understand and be comfortable in Shanahan’s complicated offense. Matt Ryan. You think they’re going to hand over the keys to a rookie? If you actually took the time to look at the bigger picture, it would explain a lot of the off-season moves by SF already: resigning Trent Williams and adding Alex Mack; resigning all of their other targeted free agents to one year deals. Currently, they’re about $10M under the cap with all big spending in free over…and that’s with Jimmy G’s current salary. His salary isn’t hurting them this year.

    They draft a QB and have him sit behind Jimmy, just like Mahommes sat behind Alex Smith. Jimmy will be traded next season to recoup some of that draft capital they used to move up in this draft (even if it’s only a second rounder), the savings from his $25M a year salary will be used to re-sign the players on one year contracts this year, and they’ll have a new QB on a rookie contract that had a chance to sit and learn for a year. Why is this so hard to imagine happening??

  18. Don’t really by that they’ll just trade him. A fresh new to the NFL QB has much to learn on the transition to the NFL unless extremely talented, see Justin Herbert from 2020. Depends on who they go after. If they think they can plug the new kid in and expect to roll to the playoffs with him then Jimmy G will be gone before the season. If not they’ll have to keep JG on the payroll until the new kid adapts. Let it play out.

  19. Jimmy G won’t take a pay cut to stay with the team. I don’t think any team will trade for him. He’s just not worth much.

  20. Jimmypinthe416 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:47 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    patsbrat says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    Remember when the Pats got lambasted for “only” getting a second rounder for Jimmy?

    2 0 Rate This

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    People are dumb or just want to move the goalposts on everything NE does.

    NE got Damien Harris, Stidham, Cajuste, JoeJuan Williams and a Bears 2020 4th rder.

    All of that remains to be seen, but how funny would it be JimmyG signs for 2 years, a 3rd year option and then NE turns to Stidham? lol!!

    BB has the screws on Lynch. JimmyG ain’t going anywhere but NE, hence the no trade clause which he’d just waive.

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    You move the goalposts more than anyone, you’re still here.

    9 2 Rate This

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    I served my postseason time like I’d commited to. You are a fan of another AFC team jealous of the Pats. It’s hilarious.

  21. As a Packer fan, I’ve watched with amazement for years watching desperation moves by GMs to get a QB. Today, I like the Jordan Love pick more than ever. And to be truthful, I hated it.

  22. This is stupid. Football is a business, guys. 49ers signed Josh Rosen like 4 months ago. He’ll play until Justin Fields (Trey Lance isn’t as prepared to be an NFL starter) takes over. You don’t pay $26 million for a placeholder!!!! Plus Jimmy G has a no trade clause… Only place he can really go is New England, but Chief Narcissist Belichick loves that fragile piece of glass, who will convince him to take a team-friendly deal. And the Patriots will miss the playoffs again when Jimmy is hurt again by week 4.

    OMG, I am a witch who can see the future!!!

  23. Niners probably keep him. But a trade of Garopollo at a reduced salary to Chicago for “QB1” Dalton and a third round pick makes sense for both sides. Dalton can play the mentor role.

  24. Only thing Jimmy G didn’t learn from Brady was how to protect himself; Brady’s always known that one of the best abilities to have is availability. In fact, all the talk about Brady having poorer stats when pressured comes down to that – he often throws balls at his receivers’ feet in those situations to prevent both sacks and interceptions.

    Garoppolo’s first big injury with the 49ers came at the end of a stupid run that Brady would never have tried. Unfortunately, Jimmy G didn’t learn from it. I hope he does soon, because he is indeed a good quarterback when he doesn’t put himself in harm’s way.

  25. Makes more sense that they repeat alex smith and mahomes . With that defense you aren’t wasting the season with a rookie qb. Makes zero sense .

  26. Highly doubtful the niners trade Jimmy G unless a full rebuild is the plan and I haven t seen that rumor on PFT. Not likely florio .

  27. Didn’t the 9ers have 6 wins last year? Not sure they’re as close to a super bowl as has been portrayed. You trade three 1st round picks for a day one starter. Jimmy G won’t be in SF much past the draft.

  28. Really whether SF is interested in keeping JG for another year or not the trade value for JG starts with his value to another team. At $25 million that value doesn’t exist. It’s possible JG would restructure if traded to the right team like Ryan Tannehill did a couple of years ago. Nick Foles did as well last year.

    I don’t think anyone values JG at $25 million and thus I question what leverage the Niners have. Perhaps their leverage is the fact they can hold him and cut him before the season. That might give JG motivation to restructure to facilitate a trade.

    Ultimately the question is whether JG will redo his deal as part of trade. If not he should get released. If so then I can see him being traded with a 6th for a 4th or something like that.

  29. Even if they drafted a QB, it would probably be another year before he passes Garoppolo on the field. Plus, rookie QB’s aren’t making $25 million, so they’ll have room for both. Lets just say the 49ers trade a second round pick to the Jets for Sam Darnold. After Trevor Lawrence, I’m not sure there’s a QB that’s better than Darnold. The Jets organization is hardly the environment to judge a young QB. Kyle Shanahan can see through a lot more stuff than most of us can. I don’t think he’s comparing his QB room to the Jets’. The funny thing is Colin Kaepernick was on the roster when Shanahan took over. Kap had led the 49ers to the super bowl the very first time he got on the field, and right back to the NFC Championship the second year. Both times, he came within a whisker of winning. He was young and had barely scratched the surface. He was very similar to what we’ve seen from Patrick Mahomes, as far as coming out of the blocks strong. That was a long time ago, and you can’t turn back the clock, but they let him go for political reasons. They probably could have won at least one super bowl with him by now, by I understand some things are more important than winning super bowls. But here they are, five years later and haven’t found a replacement for Kaepernick.

  30. touchback6 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:26 pm
    patsbrat says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:17 pm
    Remember when the Pats got lambasted for “only” getting a second rounder for Jimmy?
    ————
    People are dumb or just want to move the goalposts on everything NE does.
    NE got Damien Harris, Stidham, Cajuste, JoeJuan Williams and a Bears 2020 4th rder.
    All of that remains to be seen, but how funny would it be JimmyG signs for 2 years, a 3rd year option and then NE turns to Stidham? lol!!
    ____________________________________________________
    Have you seen Stidham play? He’s not even a quality back up.

  31. If Jimmy plays his cards right he will veto trades and force SF either to keep him at his current salary or cut him so that he can make his own deal. Only NE and Washington would seem to have interest—Jimmy will reunite with BB and the Pats.

  32. Jimmy G does not hold all the cards here – he can be released and will never come close to the contract value he currently gets if he doesn’t play ball with the 49ers, who behind the scenes have been chasing every shiny QB penny laying in the street the last 2 years. The trade possibility denial fest would be the most entertaining post if it weren’t for the Packer fan above using the 49er draft pick trade to brag about the Pack’s 2020 Jordon Love pick to back up the NFL MVP.

  33. I’d love to see him go back to New England and then beat Tampa in the super bowl.

  34. 1. The 49ers just paid through the nose to trade up. It’s a 100% certainty they are drafting a QB.

    2. Jimmy Garoppolo will cost them $25,000,000. No chance they keep him. Zero. They will try and trade him, but they will be forced to cut him if they can’t trade him.

    Given that, would you as the GM of another team give up anything to get JG and then have to pay him $25MM? I’d wait for him to get cut then bid for his services if I really wanted him.

    No one is trading for Garoppolo.

  35. With all those picks the Patriots have this year I can easily see them giving the 49ers a late rounder.

  36. “Well when the Chiefs traded multiple first round picks for Mahomes, he sat behind Alex Smith and benefited greatly because of it.”

    This has always been a false narrative. Chiefs and Bills changed places between pick 27 & 10 in round one. Chiefs gave Bills a third rounder and 2018 first round pick (30ish) to move up seventeen(17!) spots in the first round to draft Patrick Mahomes.

  37. Brady’s average salary was $15M. I’m sure they can go to Jimmy Garoppolo, “This is why we paid Tom Brady for years and he succeeded. If you want to succeed like Tom Brady did & have his career, this is your best shot.” Bill Belichick

  38. The Bears should wait until the 49ers get Jimmy to take a pay cut. Then offer a 4th rounder for him.

  39. I don’t like this move.
    They rarely work. The last ten years of 1, 2, 3 busts

    picked 2-Mitchell Trubisky
    picked 2-Carson Wentz
    Picked 1-Jared Goff
    Picked 1-Jameis Winston
    picked 2-Marcus Mariota
    picked 3-Blake Bortles
    picked 2-Robert Griffin III
    picked 1-Cam Newton

    Andrew Luck does not even play anymore.

  40. The niners had something like 100 plays the whole season with their top 3 offensive threats on the field. Half of their defensive line was out of the season after week 3. Im surprised they had to trade for this pick at all TBH.

  41. Only that insistence is never credible. Because even Ryan Pace knows all the hype don’t beat the tape. Or the moves. Or the fact that everyone is great until they aren’t. Negotiating HS level class, not even 101.

    OK so maybe Ryan Pace wouldn’t get it.

  42. Here’s a hypothetical: if BB got a 2nd for Jimmy Ga few years back and managed to get him back at a reduced salary for a 4th round pick, you have to admit it’s a pretty shrewd (and quite honestly, intelligent) move. He essentially got the QB he was (rumored) to want to replace Brady for even cheaper than Brady.

  43. Belichick is pragmatic.

    If the 49ers have concluded keeping Jimmy is noy in the team’s best interest I expect Bill to propose:

    1. A trade
    2. Offer a conditional 3rd or 4th pick (Pats have about four of them)
    3. Conditioned on Garoppolo agreeing to a renegotiation that cuts his 2021 salary but gives him a signing bonus a small guarantee

    Everyone wins, and Cam gets some competition.

  44. “However, it would be stupid to do so.”

    The only stupid thing, and it is a stupidity propagated by this column, is drafting a rookie and throwing him to the lions ESPECIALLY when your team has a decent chance to win the division.

    Jimmy is $25 mil and the cap hit of the #3 pick is under $6 mil. $31 mil for both QBs (not bad considering what both Texas teams are on the hook for for their “guy”). is very reasonable if you have your ‘right now’ and ‘future’ guys in that room.

    So if SF does the smart thing, since they have the team in place RIGHT NOW, is play out Jimmy’s contract and let the rookie sit, watch and SEE if he learns.

    If Jimmy takes them deep into the playoffs then they have a good dilemma (ala Farve v Rodgers), do they pay a now proven guy and still have the ‘future’ guy learning at a reasonable price. They can jump which ever way they want.

    If Jimmy fails, well “I’ve lost with you son, I can’t lose without you”, they let him walk and draft another potentially “future” guy as insurance.

    Nobody is trading for Jimmy in a down cap year so he has very little trade value.

  45. The conventional wisdom that if you have two quarterbacks you don’t have a QB would not apply to the Pats signing Garoppolo.

    Jimmy and Cam offset each other weaknesses. They also create difficulties for other teams to game-plan. They would both have to put team first to make it work.

  46. I think the Niners were dumb, dumb, dumb. No qb in any draft is a for sure thing and if they draft Lance, that would be the biggest blunder drafting a qb since Ryan Leaf. There’s not one qb in this draft worth three first rounders. GREAT JOB MIAMI DOLPHINS!

  47. Jimmy Garoppolo has a full no-trade clause in his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, but that does not mean the team would have trouble dealing with him if a potential suitor came along. In reality, Garoppolo probably wants to be traded. The final two years of Garoppolo’s contract contained no guaranteed money.

    The 49ers GM would be a really nice guy to keep Jimmy Garoppolo at $25M otherwise Jimmy G gone! Kyle thinks he is a mad scientist who always wanted his a Kirk Cousins… Everybody blames Jimmy G. for the SB loss Kyle called bonehead playcalling…

  48. If I was advising Jimmy G., I would strongly recommend he agree to nothing that takes any money out of his pocket.

  49. Remember how many people felt that the asking price for Watson or Wilson was way too high (and it may be)? But the 49ers essentially have made that kind of deal to put themselves into position to draft a completely unproven rookie QB.

    Yes, they’ll have the rookie QB on cheap contract with a 5th year option, but it’s such a crapshoot that a first round QB even gets proper time to develop. Coaches are fickle, ownership is fickle, fans are fickle. Everyone wants to rush the new guy onto the field, and then he’ll be labeled a bust based on nothing.

    Tua had a fairly respectable partial rookie season and people already want to move on. That’s insane. Many HoF QBs had awful starts to their careers but developed OVER TIME into great QBs.

    The worst thing that can happen to any QB these days is get drafted in the first round because then they’re always going to be impacted by the whims of coaches/GMs trying to save their jobs, fans and owners who want to see the shiny new toy in action (ready or not) and will rarely be given the opportunity to develop and learn.

    In other words – first round QBs are often the victims of unreasonable expectations by people who should know better and who set them up to fail in the first place.

  50. Pats need to decide what Jimmy is worth. From my perspective, Jimmy is a better QB today than Cam. Jimmy could be the difference in winning two or three more games this year.

  51. Everyone gives up something to get something in the best workout/negotiation.

    1. SF has to want to trade JG; that’s a prerequisite (posturing isn’t helpful)

    2. JG has to want an exit to a good fit and understand obstinance works against him

    3. The Pats need to want JG and be willing to compensate both SF and JG

    None of the 3 parties has to do anything but all should want to make a deal

  52. JimmyG will be back in a Patriots uniform this season on a restructured deal after a trade with SF.

    Cam Newton is nowhere near as good as Garopollo at this point. The Pats and the Bills will then duke it out for the AFC East and we’ll see what happens after that.

  53. I don’t understand the “hate” for Jimmy G. I think he’s a very talented QB who has had to deal with multiple injuries. I’ve always believed it takes anywhere up to 5 years for most QBs to become NFL proficient. Of course there are exceptions like Manning, Herbert, etc. but I think it’s way too early to throw Jimmy G on the trash heap. I’m a Pats fan and I was extremely surprised when Belichick traded Jimmy G to SF. I foresaw him being TB12’s long-term replacement and I envisioned another 5 or 6 SBs with him at the helm. I’m secretly hoping Belichick gets him back but I doubt that’s going to happen. I’m thinking Belichick drafts Mac Jones in the first round so Stidham has someone on the bench to talk with 🙂

  54. “The Pats and the Bills will then duke it out for the AFC East and we’ll see what happens after that.”
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    You’re leaving out the team that almost made the playoffs last year, and now has 6 1st round picks in the next 2 drafts?

    I’m more worried about the Phins than the Patriots. Miami could be scary if they make the right moves.

    The Patriots are marginally improved, and JG is a game manager – when he can stay healthy.

  55. Jimmy G is going nowhere. The Niners are in great shape and when healthy (he is now) Jimmy can take them to a Super Bowl. To get rid of Jimmy and throw the new guy into a new system is a bad move.

    The new guy will sit and learn behind Garoppolo. The Niners have the money and are smart enough to be patient with the new guy.

  56. That would be the biggest blunder drafting a qb since Ryan Leaf.
    —————
    jamarcus russell would disagree.

  57. The Niners gave up 2 first round picks, not 3.

    Technically, they gave 3, but since they got the 3rd pick for one of those first round picks, the impact is that they lost 2 first round picks to move up 9 places.

    I think that it was a smart move. It is likely that the Niners will finish in the top 10 teams in the next few years. That means that this is their best chance to get a high draft pick.

  58. I think it’s a great idea to keep him and have the rookie QB ride the pine. Starting rookie QB’s generally equals a losing and terrible season. For what, so the guy can get pounded while allegedly “learning”?

  59. Niners’ fans are funny…

    “If we win the SB this year…”

    You aren’t winning the Super Bowl. You were LAST in the West.

    And no one is going to take your mistake contract unless it includes you paying much of it like the Rams.

  60. Let me see if I understand this article.

    The article claims that the Forty Niners saying that Garoppolo is their guy means they want to trade him. What the heck would they say if the actually wanted to keep Garoppolo?

    The Niners can afford to keep Garoppolo for one more year while the new guy learns the offense, which is very complicated. To get rid of Garoppolo and throw the new guy into the fire would be a huge mistake.

  61. To get rid of Garoppolo and throw the new guy into the fire would be a huge mistake.

    Agreed.

    But remember, these are the same guys who gave him the huge contract before he had proven anythng.

  62. One of the most fascinating storylines of this very interesting offseason will ultimately be the preseason battle for tge Patriots’ starting quarterback position between Jimmy G and Cam Newton. Not to worry, Pats fans — during the regular season both quarterbacks will frequently be on the field at same time in a wildcat formation for the ages.

  63. Wouldnt a trade for Mariota make more sense since he reworked a very team friendly contract.

  64. Contracts mean nothing any longer. He WILL either be cut, or he will ask to be traded. Put yourself in his position, knowing they WILL draft a QB, would YOU want to help train a new QB knowing he will most likely start the next year. I do not think so. Even if he has a no trade clause, that means diddly squat.

  65. The Niners have a better team this year than they did when the went to the Super Bowl…WITH Garoppolo. They will NOT put a rookie in there right away.

    Your Seahawks will lose twice this year to the Niners WITH Garoppolo.

  66. billsrthefuture says:
    March 27, 2021 at 11:32 am
    “The Pats and the Bills will then duke it out for the AFC East and we’ll see what happens after that.”
    ______________________________

    You’re leaving out the team that almost made the playoffs last year, and now has 6 1st round picks in the next 2 drafts?

    As a fan of a team that has not even been to the Super Bowl since 1994 you sure do talk a lot of nonsense. Also Miami has 3 first round picks in the next two drafts, NOT 6. Three is only half of six, not sure if Buffalo fans can do that math.

  67. “As a fan of a team that has not even been to the Super Bowl since 1994 you sure do talk a lot of nonsense. Also Miami has 3 first round picks in the next two drafts, NOT 6. Three is only half of six, not sure if Buffalo fans can do that math.”

    __________________________

    My bad – misspoke. I meant 6 in the next 3 drafts; it’s actually 5.

    Regardless, they’re set up incredibly well as far as the draft now. Anyone who has even a marginal knowledge of football understands that they are making great moves, and unless they completely miss on a bunch of picks, will be in the mix for the division for years to come.

    Love the “as a fan of a team that has not been to the SB” thing – as though fans of winning teams know more about football. I’ve found that the opposite is often true. Teams like the Pats – who are no longer a legit contender, btw – have a lot of casual fans who don’t really understand the game.

  68. billsrthefuture says:
    March 27, 2021 at 11:32 am
    “The Pats and the Bills will then duke it out for the AFC East and we’ll see what happens after that.”
    ______________________________

    You’re leaving out the team that almost made the playoffs last year, and now has 6 1st round picks in the next 2 drafts?

    I’m more worried about the Phins than the Patriots. Miami could be scary if they make the right moves.

    The Patriots are marginally improved, and JG is a game manager – when he can stay healthy.

    ~~~

    The Patriots have rolled the Bills for the last 20 years with a game manager at QB. As a Bills fan it should scare the hell out of you that the Patriots could be bringing in another one.

  69. There are people who have been doing rain dances to make the 49ers get rid of Jimmy G. since they signed him to the current contract extension, and they are still doing it. They will be doing it the next 2 years.

  70. You draft a QB in the 1st and your chances of getting a franchise guy is about 25%, you draft a OL/DL and your chances of getting a 10 starter are about 80%!

    SF would be totally stupid to get rid of Jimmy for a shot in the dark at QB!

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