What does Jimmy Garoppolo want?

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While perusing the Adieu Haiku, a long-time weekly feature that caps Peter King’s Football Morning in America column, something occurred to me that previously hadn’t regarding the impact of Friday’s all-in move by the 49ers for their next franchise quarterback.

Given that he’s now on the endangered species list in San Francisco, what does Jimmy Garoppolo want?

In the immediate aftermath of the San Francisco climb up the NFL’s version of Lombard Street from No. 12 to No. 3, the debate focused on whether the 49ers would trade or cut Garoppolo before or after the 2021 season. Even the staunchest members of pro-Garoppolo crowd will concede that, at best, he’s Alex Smith in 2017 — unless of course the 49ers somehow get back to or win the Super Bowl with Garoppolo and have no choice but to see three first-round picks and a third-round pick sit on the bench for a second season.

Garoppolo’s reaction to the move becomes a fairly important consideration for the 49ers. He’s suddenly Tom Brady in 2014, with something far more threatening than a second-round pick from a Directional Illinois school loitering on the depth chart. By all appearances and indications, Brady got pissed when Garoppolo showed up. Garoppolo, seven years later, has to ask himself whether it makes sense to shut up and to internalize it and to use it as motivation to make the best case to continue his career elsewhere in 2022 or to agitate for a way out, now.

His best move will be to go with the flow, if the 49ers somehow are willing to pay a guy who has missed 23 games over the last three seasons $25 million for 2021. He surely has a better chance to maximize his future earnings if he plays and plays well this season, given that he didn’t play much in 2020. But if/when the 49ers try to get him to take less (that request may not come until it’s too late for him to find as much elsewhere), he needs to ask whether he’ll absorb yet another indignity from his current team or begin his search for a new one.

The idea that the 49ers would give up so much to move up to get Garoppolo’s replacement but then keep him on the team in 2021 continues to make little sense. But plenty of teams do plenty of things that outsiders don’t fully understand. In this specific case, one thing that isn’t known is whether Garoppolo will react to this latest twist with a shrug or something more aggressive.

Again, as long as the 49ers are willing to pay him $25 million (and they shouldn’t be), Garoppolo should embrace his changing circumstances. The moment they ask him to take less (and they should), Garoppolo should start considering whether it makes more sense to look for a new beginning or to trudge forward with a season that could eventually see him benched for whoever the 49ers draft at No. 3.

For now, Garoppolo should at least consider forcing the question of whether the 49ers plan to ask him to take less. If his agent poses that question to the team, any answer other than “no” should be interpreted as “yes, eventually.”

13 responses to “What does Jimmy Garoppolo want?

  1. If I’m advising Jimmy G, I would have him get as much money out of the 49ers that his contract allows. As we see, this is strictly business.

  2. Jimmy G. wants to win the Super Bowl. Period Full Stop. If he succeeds, then he not only accomplishes a cherished goal that almost all quarterbacks want, but he will also be regarded as a possible hall of famer. The side benefits of a Super Bowl win or wins is of course getting paid similar to Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes, either by Frisco or by another team.

    That said, how likely is it that Frisco would get rid of Jimmy G. because he is making $25 mil in 2021. It is less likely than the Raiders cutting Derek Carr in 2020 because he made $25 mil. The Raiders did not cut Derek Carr, and the 48ers are not going to do that and hand the starting job to an unproven rookie quarterback. That is because Frisco has the same goal as Jimmy G.. Jed York wants to win the Super Bowl. He therefore is not going to get rid of the best chance he has of winning a Super Bowl because Jimmy G. makes as much money as Derek Carr. in fact the wishing thinking that Jimmy G. is making will be cut is about as fruitful as a rain dance will result in rain. of course, if someone is desperate for rain, and if a rain dance is all they have, then they will keep on dancing.

    What about the chance that Jimmy G wlll be traded. Well, if he is really so bad that Frisco would simply cut him and get nothing in return, then there is no reason why any team out there would give up even a 7th round pick to get a quarterback that makes a whopping $25 million. I laugh when I see lots of people doing the equivalence of rain dances, trying to come up with a reason why Frisco should get rid of Jimmy G. People are rain dancing but it is not raining inside the 49ers headquarters. Jimmy G. will only be cut or traded if it rains inside the headquarters of the San Francisco 49ers

  3. Jimmy should say no to any pay decrease and no to any trade possibility. That would lead to 2 choices: outright release by the team or play the season at full salary. Jimmy has the security knowing that if he is released at least one team being the Pats would snap him up in a second.

  4. Do a Brady and win a Super Bowl. And that’s the best answer to that question.

  5. What I don’t understand is why was it considered a great idea for Alex Smith to be the starter the year the Chiefs traded up for Mahomes, but for the 49ers to do the same with Garoppolo being the bridge for their new QB is considered “stupid”. The 49ers have plenty of cap room in 2021 to fit Garoppolo and the top free agents are all signed. What if Trey Lance is who the 49ers want? He has not played much and would obviously benefit by sitting and watching most of the year. And if Garoppolo played well enough for the Niners to win the Super Bowl? Awesome! – Garoppolo would have more trade value at point. I don’t see how winning a Super Bowl could ever be considered a negative.

  6. redclaw1314 says:
    March 29, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Jimmy should say no to any pay decrease and no to any trade possibility. That would lead to 2 choices: outright release by the team or play the season at full salary. Jimmy has the security knowing that if he is released at least one team being the Pats would snap him up in a second.


    Not sure the Pats would snap him up at $25 million.

  7. What does he want?
    How about being able to finish seasons healthy? The rest is moot if his injury woes continue.

  8. What does Jimmy Garoppolo want?

    Totally the wrong question Mike, QBs are like kids you don’t ask or give them what they want, if you’re a good GM/HC you give them what it takes for them to succeed!

  9. All this talk about the Niners moving onto a rookie for #3… Why is no one looking at the obvious. The Niners put themselves front of the line for DeShaun Watson but really had nothing to offer. guess what, they now have the #3 pick in the draft which means the Texans could immediately draft their new rookie franchise QB!

  10. I agree. He should just smile and say he loves being a 9er…. whatever it takes to snag that $25 mil. He won’t likely be seeing that kind of money again.

  11. It’s odd that we didn’t see the same type of vitriol here for another SB losing QB for the 9ers. Back then all we heard was how good a far lesser QB was than everyone in the league minus Blaine Gabbert.

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