Baker Mayfield trade makes Jimmy Garoppolo the next quarterback to move

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The 2022 offseason involved not one but two quarterbacks who were waiting to be traded by teams that no longer want to keep them. With the Browns trading Baker Mayfield to the Panthers, that leaves 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the next quarterback to move.

The situations have some similarities, but multiple key differences. Garoppolo’s $25 million compensation package isn’t guaranteed. He could be squeezed even more aggressively than Mayfield was to cut his pay, given that Garoppolo eventually could be cut and, after he passes a physical post-shoulder surgery, have no cash in hand for 2022.

Also, the relationship between the 49ers and Garoppolo hasn’t cratered, like the relationship between the Browns and Mayfield had. The 49ers can bring Garoppolo to camp. They can keep him in bubble wrap while waiting for trade offers. (Garoppolo definitely shouldn’t play along with that; however, his “nice guy” reputation likely will be used against him by the 49ers, forcing him to make things ugly by insisting to practice and play in August, if the 49ers try to keep an oft-injured quarterback out of harm’s way while waiting for a quarterback elsewhere to get injured.)

The question continues to be whether Garoppolo will force the issue, the same way that Mayfield seemed prepared to do. It’s even more important that Garoppolo get some certainty, given the possibility that the 49ers will squat on his rights until the regular season approaches before cutting him, making it very difficult to get a competitive offer from teams that already have set their depth charts.

Like Mayfield, Garoppolo needs to get things resolved before training camp opens, so that he can best position himself to win the starting job and have a successful season. The 49ers, if they want too much in trade, could complicate the situation. The financial angle becomes delicate as well, with Garoppolo undoubtedly being expected to reduce his pay — and with the 49ers possibly being expected to pick up some of the tab.

The 49ers actually may now feel even more emboldened to wait for a quarterback injury, given that they no longer have to worry about the team that loses a quarterback calling the Browns about Mayfield. (Of course, the 49ers now have to worry about the team that loses a quarterback calling the Panthers about Sam Darnold.) That makes it even more important for Garoppolo to take the Niners by the nuggets and insist that he be traded or released before training camp opens.

40 responses to “Baker Mayfield trade makes Jimmy Garoppolo the next quarterback to move

  1. Not sure who’s gonna go for him. I mean the Seahawks could use him, maybe the Texans. Other than that he’ll stay with the Niners as insurance or hit the open market and become a highly paid backup which isn’t a bad thing. I do think his days of leading a team close to the promise land is over with though. His flaws were exposed against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl and his injury history speaks for itself. Other teams know his limitations and that’s bad news for the Niners if they’re looking to get a good return on this.

  2. Seattle. Is this too hard to understand? Dump Jimmy in the division and watch Trey Murray and Stafford run circles around him. Drew Lock in the starting roll by week 6. Garoppolo is a joke, stop hyping him based off system based performances. Jimmy G is nothing more than a pretty face.

  3. With Watson almost certainly receiving a suspension, I could see the Browns trading for Garappolo, and the Browns have the cap room.

  4. i get that he’s injury prone and makes mistakes but he still helped SF to a Superbowl and an NFC championship game. and they want to offload him for a guy who is basically untried and untested in the NFL. i think i would keep playing jimmy until his body packs up

  5. He’d immediately be the second best QB in the division if the Dolphins traded for him. Dolphins fans deep down know I’m right.

  6. Where’s he going to go? Not a lot of options out there n they definitely won’t trade him inside the NFCW. This now basically guarantees the 49ers get next to nothing for him if they can even find a trading partner for him, likely landing a conditional late round pick that’s dated a couple of years from now. SF has absolutely zero leverage which is why they’ll get next to nothing for him as eventually they’ll have to cut him.

  7. No reason for Garoppolo to ‘squeeze nuggets’. If he is on the Niners roster on the first day of the season, his 2022 money is guaranteed. He’s recovering from surgery and doesn’t need to be in a hurry. Jimmy G can afford to wait until a QB somewhere in the league is, inevitably, injured. At that point, the acquiring team won’t be in a strong position to demand many concessions from SF or the player.

  8. “take the Niners by the nuggets” – this is why I read PFT! Well said!

  9. Releasing him means he signs in Seattle. I’m sure they won’t do that.

  10. “Also, the relationship between the 49ers and Garoppolo hasn’t cratered, like the relationship between the Browns and Mayfield had.”
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    Not sure you can say that so matter of factly since Jimmy G surgery was a surprise to the 49ers.

  11. Seahawks should have grabbed Mayfield when they had the chance. And I don’t see them giving up picks for Jimmy or any other team out there. So, as you said, he’s going to have to play hardball to get shown the door..

  12. Why would the 49ers trade Jimmy G? Look at their win/loss record with him versus without him…. The kid is a winner

  13. SF would be smart to keep him they have a green kid who honestly will struggle badly this year.

  14. I’m not sure where they could deal him, at this point. Teams that could use him (Seahawks, Lions, Falcons) are likely tanking to pick a QB high next year. Do the Browns have cap room or anything of value to trade? They already have around $60 million tied up in the QB position this year. Texans seem set on seeing what they have in Davis Mills (and I think they may have something there, he has looked good). No place else is jumping out at me.

  15. Garrapolo > Dak

    Yeah I’m a Cowboys fan, and there are plenty out there that won’t agree with me, but Garrapolo would be a instant upgrade….

    Only problem is that horrible contract that the Cowboys gave Dak is in the way….

  16. I thought maybe Patriots backup QB to Mac Jones for a 5th conditional and SF picks up 80% of the salary but I see they still have the reliable Brian Hoyer but…he’s 36. Belichick does love JG, though, and Bailey Zappe is nowhere near ready to be a backup.

  17. He gets a bad rap for being fragile. I think he is more durable than people think. He played through the playoffs with a torn thumb and hurt shoulder. I don’t think he is an elite QB, but I do think he is better than advertised. Top 15 in the league. If he could stretch the field better he could be elite.

  18. There are so many things the Niners cannot do with Jimmy G that it makes it next to impossible to figure what they can do now. Cannot trade – no partners. Cannot keep – at 25 mil, too expensive. Cannot cut – well they can but that will make him and them look bad. If both sides agree, they can reduce his contract and reach an understanding he will be Lance’s back up. Next season there will be teams that will need a starter.

  19. Clara has to trade/cut Jimmy because they need the cap space to pay Deebo and Bosa. They couldn’t have handled this situation more poorly and I’m sure leaving Jimmy twisting in the wind will resonate with the players. If they treat their QB this poorly every other player should have the same expectation for themselves. Keep it classy, Clara.

  20. New Orleans. They’re the team most ready to win with an unsettled situation at QB. Winston is coming off major knee surgery and reportedly has a noticeable hitch in his giddyup. Not good.

  21. There is no rush for the Niners. What matters to teams most, regarding the cost of the quarterbacks is the combined cost of the starter and the backup. Since Lance is on a rookie contract, he’s cheap, so keeping Jimmy isn’t very difficult.

    The only issue is can the 49ers afford to pay Deebo and keep Jimmy.

  22. If they have the cap space, the 49ers would be crazy to trade him unless the trade offer is significant. Lance seems injury prone.

  23. yolo2020 says:
    July 7, 2022 at 10:34 am
    Why would the Niners trade their best QB?
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    Because their best receiver (Deebo) and their best pass rusher (Bosa) are due for new contacts and the 9ers have the third least amount of cap space ($4,893,516 ) in the league — according to Over The Cap. As it stands, Jimmy G is hogging $24.2 million of cap space. Do the math. If he were cut, the 9ers would instantly have the second most cap space in the league. If he’s traded, they’ll probably have to eat a little (but probably a lot) of his salary. Also who wants to start a new quarterback with “back-up” who took the team the the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl the past two seasons? Talk about a quarterback controversy! The minute Trey throws an interception, or has a couple really back games, the fans will be screaming for Jimmy.

  24. Apparently a trade was nearly in place in March before garapollo decided to have the surgery without informing the team. That’s screwing the team. Why should the niners play nice?

  25. Kyle Shanahan without jimmy 8-27. With jimmy – 35-17.

    This isn’t just luck. He’s not just a “winner.” The dude can flat out play. Kyle knows it and he knows he’s better than Lance.

  26. Watson gets suspended for much or all of the coming season. Browns trade late round pick for Garoppolo and the Niners pick up a chunk of his 2022 salary in the trade. Next option is renegotiating Garoppolo’s salary to good back-up money and keeping him for the season (something Garoppolo may not be willing to do). Last option is cutting Garoppolo outright and getting nothing for him in trade. Whatever happens the Niners will not go into the season with his full salary on their books.

  27. 1. I think the Steelers should trade for him. Let him start this year and have their rookie QB learn. Jimmy has been great to Trey.
    2. Next I think the Browns, depending on Watson.
    3. Saints
    4. Seattle – although I think SF will do everything they can to avoid this.

    Jimmy also has been significantly better than people realize. There were many games the Niners would have lost had he not made a clutch throw or two. Sure he lost a few big games, but those weren’t always on him. There aren’t many QBs in the league with his winning percentage and playoff experience.

  28. Browns trade the QB who broke their 30-year run of playoff failure. Now SF trades the QB who got them to a Super Bowl and conference championship?

    We all know his flaws. But a QB is never incidental to a team having high-end success. There are lots of rosters as good as SF’s who haven’t been making it as far as SF has.

    I would say the somewhat absurd draft debacle shows that SF hasn’t known what it’s doing or what it really wants with a QB. Even after the clumsy draft of Lance, they don’t seem to have gotten fully behind either QB. (Let alone pursued Brady when they had the chance, with whom they probably already would have won a couple SBs by now.)

    I think it’s that indecision that will end up squandering their opportunity.

  29. nytro says:
    July 7, 2022 at 11:40 am
    yolo2020 says:
    July 7, 2022 at 10:34 am
    Why would the Niners trade their best QB?
    ———————————————-
    Because their best receiver (Deebo) and their best pass rusher (Bosa) are due for new contacts and the 9ers have the third least amount of cap space ($4,893,516 ) in the league — according to Over The Cap. As it stands, Jimmy G is hogging $24.2 million of cap space. Do the math. If he were cut, the 9ers would instantly have the second most cap space in the league. If he’s traded, they’ll probably have to eat a little (but probably a lot) of his salary. Also who wants to start a new quarterback with “back-up” who took the team the the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl the past two seasons? Talk about a quarterback controversy! The minute Trey throws an interception, or has a couple really back games, the fans will be screaming for Jimmy.
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    The Niners current cap situation for this year would likely not be affected by Deebo and Bosa extensions. Extensions are exactly what they are… added years. They do not have to cut Jimmy to sign Deebo and Bosa. They are already accounted for. The advantage to getting Jimmy off the books is the ability to roll the cap space to next year and/or frontload one or both of their deals. It’s doable without the rolled over cap but it would be a lot easier compared to needing to restructure other guys to push the cap hits further out like the Rams are doing.

  30. kevpft says:
    July 7, 2022 at 1:37 pm
    Browns trade the QB who broke their 30-year run of playoff failure. Now SF trades the QB who got them to a Super Bowl and conference championship?

    We all know his flaws. But a QB is never incidental to a team having high-end success. There are lots of rosters as good as SF’s who haven’t been making it as far as SF has.
    ————-
    Wrong! There aren’t a “a lot“ of rosters as good as SFs. How many have 3 all-pro (Williams, bosa, Deebo) and number of others who are pretty near the top of their positions (kittle, Warner) and other good ones as well

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