On Friday, the San Francisco 49ers made a shocking trade, giving up the 12th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, along with two additional first-round picks and one third-round pick to the Dolphins for the third-overall pick from this year. With this job, the future of Jimmy Garoppolo is in question.
Even though the Chicago Bears have their new QB1, CBS Sports has Chicago as a top landing spot for Garoppolo.
The Bears are still rumored to be in play for Russell Wilson. Knowing this, there’s a good chance they would give up on Andy Dalton if the opportunity to improve the position came.
Publicly, the 49ers have committed to Garoppolo and have no plans to trade him. This alone would close any trade with Chicago. But if the 49ers draft a quarterback, which seems likely, this would change.
The 49ers now fit into the quarterback mix, but are holding on to Jimmy Garoppolo and have no plans to trade him, according to sources.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021
The amount of draft capital handed over by the 49ers likely means they are going to draft a quarterback. Any team is unlikely to give up two first-round picks, along with a third-round pick to avoid drafting a quarterback.
Whether it’s Zach Wilson, Justin Fields or Trey Lance, the 49ers won’t stick with Garoppolo for long.
However, if there is a trade, it may not happen until after the draft. If the 49ers select a quarterback they feel is ready for the NFL, they could get calls for Garoppolo.
Garoppolo would be a major improvement on Dalton. He would still be running an offense similar to the one he did with the 49ers, giving the Bears a better chance to win right away.
The big problem is Garoppolo’s contract. They owe you $ 26.4 million against the salary cap this year and $ 27 million next. Chicago would have to clear even more cap space, which could be the main reason they don’t make a play to improve against Dalton.
If the Bears try to trade for Garoppolo, they could be giving up a decent number of draft picks. A fair trade would be a second-round pick and a fourth or fifth-round pick. If it’s before the 2021 draft, the Bears could drop the 52nd pick and the 164th pick this year. Perhaps they would also have to add a selection from the end of 2022.
If a trade is post-2021 draft, the Bears could still offer a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft.
Garoppolo has a no-trade clause this season, so he would have to be interested in coming to Chicago. The good news is that he has two years left on his contract. If the Bears draft a quarterback on Day 2 or Day 3, he can sit back and learn offense for two years.
There’s a chance they won’t need to draft a quarterback for the future, as Garoppolo is only 29 years old. The Bears could use their picks in the coming seasons to build a strong team and make them a Super Bowl contender. They would have a better idea of what to do if the trade takes place before the draft.
The only problem is that there is a great risk of injury. Garoppolo missed most of 2018 and 2020 due to injury. In 2018, he played in four games, going 1-3 as a starter. In 2020, he played in six games, going 3-3 as a starter. Chicago would need a solid backup quarterback.
In general, he has been a winner throughout his career when he has played. At 24-8 as a starter, Garoppolo still has a high ceiling. Chances are high that some of his best football is ahead of him. Remember, this guy led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2019.
Garoppolo has thrown 51 touchdowns and 26 interceptions since 2014. He has passed for 8,042 yards on 977 attempts, completing 67.5% of them, with a 98.9 passer rating in his NFL career.
He’s a winner and he’s an instant upgrade for the Bears. If you do something for him, his Super Bowl odds will improve dramatically. A healthy Garoppolo will make Chicago a playoff team.