Another day and another rumor involving San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
ESPN’s Russini Diana had a segment on the network’s morning show Stand up and gave information on the New England Patriots who are still interested in meeting Jimmy G. (h / t CBS Boston)
“I was recently talking to someone in the league that I really trust,” Russini said. “It has good information. He said, “Don’t take the Jimmy Garoppolo trade off the table.” That’s something New England is still smelling. “
Russini added: “Bill [Belichick] does not like to put his cards on the table, so most [people] You think, ‘Well, if we all know about that, it probably won’t happen.’ But there is definitely a tone in the league that could still go down. “
The Patriots selected Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he spent the next 3.5 seasons there as Tom Brady’s backup. When Brady was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 campaign, Garoppolo was destined to be the starter until Brady returned. He won the first game of the season against the Arizona Cardinals. He threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns before hurting himself in the second quarter of New England’s Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was highly appreciative of Garoppolo before last season’s matchup against the Niners.
“Everyone here had a lot of confidence in him. It’s one of those situations where you just can’t keep all the players based on how the system is set up. It’s understandable.”
New England rehired Cam Newton, who struggled last season, so it makes sense that he wants an upgrade at quarterback.
From a 49ers perspective, getting rid of Garoppolo at this point makes little sense because San Francisco is built to win now. The Niners had a chance to get a bona fide replacement. Still, they reportedly did not make a firm offer to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford, who ended up being traded to the Los Angeles Rams.
Aside from some NFL insiders who reported that San Francisco is interested in Deshaun Watson, we haven’t heard anything from general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan interested in leaving Garoppolo at any cost. (Shanahan and Lynch are scheduled to meet with the media Monday at 1 PM PST.)
The Niners have stood their ground as quarterbacks during NFL free agency Phase 1, but they could certainly look to select a caller in next month’s 2021 NFL Draft.
Even if they take a QB, it will make sense for Garoppolo to be under center for Week 1. The 49ers have a championship core, with George Kittle, Nick Bosa, Fred Warner, Trent Williams and Deebo Samuel as the leading dogs in a stacked list. .
Of the 110 quarterbacks who started in the 55 Super Bowls total, none have been a true rookie. So the Niners would be betting against history in a big way if they gave the reins to, say, Trey Lance or Mac Jones next season.
Here’s a list of rookie quarterbacks since 2004 (who started most of their team’s regular-season games) who made the playoffs in Year 1 and how they did in the postseason:
Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens (2018) 0-1
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys (2017) 0-1
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks (2012) 1-1
Robert Griffin III – WFT (2012) 0-1
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts (2012) 0-1
Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals (2011) 0-1
Mark Sánchez – New York Jets (2009) 2-1
Joe Flacco – Ravens (2008) 2-1
Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons (2008) 0-1
Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers (2004) 1-1
* Connor Cook (Las Vegas Raiders), AJ McCarron (Bengals) and TJ Yates (Houston Texans) started in the playoffs due to injury. Only Yates won a postseason game.
Garoppolo’s injury concerns are valid, given that he has missed 23 starts in the past three seasons and was injured during his second start with the Patriots. With no more big-name veterans available in free agency, having a talented rookie as a backup plan with this roster makes perfect sense, considering what we saw from Nick Mullens last season.
Garoppolo has shown that he can lead a team to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance when healthy. He threw for 3,978 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2019, and his 60.9 QBR ranked 12th among all NFL quarterbacks.
The 2021 campaign will be a decisive year for Garoppolo. If he doesn’t stay on the field, San Francisco will most likely eliminate him after the season with just $ 1.4 million in dead money on the books by 2022 (according to Over the Cap).
But unless the 49ers make a trade for Watson, who is dealing with multiple lawsuits stemming from numerous sexual assault allegations, it is increasingly likely that Garoppolo will be the starter in 2021.
I would assume that Jimmy G would restructure his deal with New England and that Bill would stick with his man for the next 2-3 years.
Darnold allows SF to save a great deal of money, get younger in the job, and gives Shanahan a guy many say has “untapped potential.” https://t.co/unFeeMYjDz
– uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) March 26, 2021