Will Jimmy Garoppolo be traded during the draft?

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On Thursday night, we’ll finally learn which of the quarterbacks the 49ers will select with the third overall pick. On Friday or Saturday, we’ll possibly learn the next destination of their current starter.

Peter King floats in his Football Morning in America column the notion that the 49ers could make Jimmy Garoppolomore available than he’s been.” King suggests that the 49ers could lower their expectations of a first-round pick for Garoppolo to a round-two selection. That would essentially become a reimbursement for the second-round pick the 49ers gave up during the 2017 season to get Garoppolo.

King also ponders whether the Patriots would give up the 46th overall pick in the 2021 draft or a 2022 second-round pick to get Garoppolo. (Former Patriots tight end Jermaine Wiggins’ recent commentary regarding the way other New England players viewed Garoppolo could make that destination less likely. Also, we’ve continuously heard that coach Bill Belichick remains a very big believer in Cam Newton.)

The biggest problem with a Garoppolo trade to any team continues to be his compensation package for 2021 of $25 million. Given the current cap climate, that’s just too much for a guy who can’t stay healthy on a consistent basis.

So Garoppolo would undoubtedly be required to take less in order to facilitate a trade. Maybe he won’t. Or maybe he will, given that the 49ers could otherwise squat on his contract (none of which is guaranteed) and release him right before the regular season begins, making it much more difficult for him to get properly ensconced (or, in New England, re-sconced) in an offense and to compete for playing time.

The other possibility for the 49ers would be to sit tight with their reported request of a first-round pick, placing a bet that a starter somewhere will get injured between now and September. That’s what the Eagles did five years ago with Sam Bradford. Teddy Bridgewater‘s fluke ACL tear opened the door for Philly to get a first- and fourth-round pick, and then to turn the page to rookie Carson Wentz.

Whether it’s this week or next month or the month after or whenever, it’s still very hard to envision the 49ers keeping Garoppolo around, given that so many of the players currently on the team support him. The last thing the Niners need is a quarterback-driven schism; the sooner they unload Garoppolo, the better.

If that’s going to happen this week, it’s definitely going to require some flexibility from Garoppolo. It also may require some flexibility from the 49ers, since even a second-round pick seems like too much to expect for a guy who has missed 23 games in the last three seasons.

10 responses to “Will Jimmy Garoppolo be traded during the draft?

  1. He’s an Illinois kid. If the Bears don’t get the QB they like in Rd 1 and consider Jimmy G better than anyone available with their Rd 2 pick I could see a deal happening there. I don’t get the impression Nagy is eager to stake his job on developing another rookie QB after how things went with Trubisky.

  2. There’s no need to trade Jimmy until after this upcoming season when they will need to shed his 25 million per year to extend Fred Warner and Nick Bosa and Deebo the following year. Right now Jimmy’s trade value is low because he’s coming off a mostly injured year. Starting a rookie QB would be a waste with a win-now roster of many returning members of the 2019 Championship roster with 1 year contracts who will be gone after this year. Let Jimmy play with the fire of a 1st round rookie QB under him. The Niners will get his best in 2021.

  3. I hope Bill Belichick finishes his coaching career with Cam Newton and Jimmy Glass as his QB in New England. The Patriots would never come close to another Super Bowl, or even a Division title, with either of them playing QB.

  4. This is why I dont buy my patriots moving UP. The only times i remembered us moving up in the first round was 2012 for HT and Chandler Jones, 2004 for Big Vince, and 2003 for Ty Warren.

    This is where i think JC Jackson goes. Nobody offered him sheet, because my gut feeling was Belichick would’ve simply let JC go, and taken that teams 2nd round pick this year. If we still legitimately want Jimmy, we trade JC for him straight up, then restructure Jimmy and extend Gilmore.

  5. The 49ers may well hold onto Jimmy G. this year. If healthy, the 49ers have a roster that could win now. A healthy JG, although limited,is likely a better win in 2021 option than either Lance or Jones as rookies.

    That said, even getting a 2nd rounder for the right to pay JG $25M is hard to imagine any team trading for.

  6. Late 3rd and a contract restructure agreement. Before his last injury I would have said a high 2nd. He really just can’t stay healthy.

  7. navyvandal says:
    April 26, 2021 at 8:03 am
    This is why I dont buy my patriots moving UP. The only times i remembered us moving up in the first round was 2012 for HT and Chandler Jones, 2004 for Big Vince, and 2003 for Ty Warren.

    This is where i think JC Jackson goes. Nobody offered him sheet, because my gut feeling was Belichick would’ve simply let JC go, and taken that teams 2nd round pick this year. If we still legitimately want Jimmy, we trade JC for him straight up, then restructure Jimmy and extend Gilmore.

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    Why would we want another guy who can’t stay on the field for half the season? We already have Isaiah Wynn….he fills that role well

  8. kgbdk says:
    April 26, 2021 at 7:23 am
    There’s no need to trade Jimmy until after this upcoming season when they will need to shed his 25 million per year to extend Fred Warner and Nick Bosa and Deebo the following year. Right now Jimmy’s trade value is low because he’s coming off a mostly injured year. Starting a rookie QB would be a waste with a win-now roster of many returning members of the 2019 Championship roster with 1 year contracts who will be gone after this year. Let Jimmy play with the fire of a 1st round rookie QB under him. The Niners will get his best in 2021.

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    The 49ers could also shed that 25 million this year. If they don’t use it to improve the rest of the roster, it will roll over to next year’s cap.

    Jimmy doesn’t need the fire of a 1st round pick waiting behind him. His issue hasn’t been talent, it has been staying healthy.

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