3 Potential Landing Spots For Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo is about to be on the move after recently gaining permission from the 49ers front office to seek a trade. Garoppolo’s offseason shoulder surgery has been one of the main things holding up the trade process as teams have been waiting to see how he responds during recovery. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Garoppolo has been throwing for “several weeks” and the main thing his team wants to see during his recovery is him throwing more deep balls with consistency, being able to “stand up to the rigors of a game or in practice.”

That gives Jimmy Garoppolo‘s camp about a month to find a team that will be willing to make the trade and get Garoppolo in camp in time for the start of the regular season. Garoppolo’s $24.2 million salary for 2022 is also something that teams interested in trading for the 49ers QB will also have to consider if they want to make a move. Not to mention what the 49ers will want in return for him. With that being said, there are certainly a couple of teams left that could use a QB like Garoppolo and I have a few landing spots I like that would boost the skill players’ fantasy value ahead of the start of the season should Jimmy G land there.

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle has been tied to the 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo for most of the offseason. While I would be surprised if the 49ers traded with a divisional rival to make this happen, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities. Seattle already has Geno Smith and recently traded QB Drew Lock. Neither of those options should be starters if the Seahawks brass believes they are still able to compete for the division. Making a move for Jimmy Garoppolo would be a step in that direction. Geno Smith finished with a 1-3 record after subbing in for Russell Wilson after he went down with a thumb injury and filled in until Wilson returned. Lock didn’t even record a W, going 0-3 after missing most of the season with injuries of his own. Garoppolo would be a clear upgrade over both of those guys.

Another reason Seattle may want to get this deal done is to give some help to their pass-catching room and help keep D.K. Metcalf happy. Metcalf is already looking for a new contract and there have been several mock trade proposals getting Metcalf out of there. Metcalf didn’t show up to the Seahawks’ offseason program, choosing to rehab from his ankle surgery away from the team. However, the Seahawks have marked the absences as “unexcused” meaning Metcalf can be fined for the time that he’s missed so far. According to a report from CBS Sports, Metcalf can be fined up to $93,000 for the missed three-day minicamp.

Houston Texans

The David Mills hype train has been quietly gaining steam over the last few weeks. For the most part, I understand why. Mills was thrust into a situation where he wasn’t expected to be the starter but did the best that he could last season under the circumstances. Mills finished the 2021 season with 2,664 passing yards, a 16:10 TD:INT ratio, and a 66.8% completion percentage over 13 games played. While the expectation for Mills is to take the next step, Jimmy Garoppolo would provide a more finished product for the Texans to try and get back into competition with the rest of the AFC South. Garoppolo himself finished inside the top 10 in completion percentage with a 68.3% clip and nearly 3,000 passing yards.

Jimmy Garoppolo could take advantage of having a decent wide receiver corp of Brandin Cooks, Nico Collins, and new rookie John Metchie. Not to mention the additions on the ground with Marlon Mack and rookie running back Dameon Pierce who also double as solid pass-catching options.

Atlanta Falcons

This would be more of a surprise move by the Falcons to go in on a trade for a quarterback. The Falcons drafted Desmond Ridder in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft and have had nothing but nice things to say about current quarterback Marcus Mariota. We’ve seen enough of Mariota to know that he’s not a long-term option. Pulling in Jimmy Garappolo would certainly be an upgrade over Mariota. Mariota’s best season of work came back in 2016 when he played 15 games and threw for 3,426 yards (career-high), 26 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions with a 95.6 passer rating but was never the same afterward.

Jimmy Garappolo’s best year as a pass was not that far off. During the 2019 season, Garoppolo threw for 3.978 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions with a 102 passer rating. Adding Jimmy Garoppolo to the Falcons would be a much better move for the Falcons to try and remain competitive in a division that’s run by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccanneers.

While the 49ers have officially moved on from Jimmy Garoppolo with Kyle Shanahan announcing that the team has “moved on to Trey” to start training camp. If anyone has a chance at getting Jimmy Garoppolo to their team, they’ll have to figure a way around that $26 million cap hit slated for this year that’s on his contract. Other than that, it looks like if Jimmy G wants to play in 2022, he’ll need a new home. The 49ers are now entering the “era of Trey Lance”.

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