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Jimmy Garoppolo Trade Rumors: Colts Still Interested, Steelers 'Out' on 49ers QB

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMarch 14, 2022

AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

The Indianapolis Colts continue to weigh a trade for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, on the other hand, have taken themselves out of the running after NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported they agreed to a two-year contract with Mitchell Trubisky.

From the moment the Colts agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders, Garoppolo became an obvious candidate to start for the team in 2022.

Indianapolis doesn't have a suitable internal option to succeed Wentz, and banking on a rookie quarterback would be risky when this year's draft class seems so uninspiring.

Acquiring Garoppolo may not be much of an upgrade, though.

The 49ers reached Super Bowl LIV and made the NFC title game last season with the 30-year-old under center, but his spell in the Bay Area has made it clear he doesn't raise the ceiling of a title contender.

In six playoff appearances, Garoppolo has thrown for four touchdowns and six interceptions and averaged 160.3 passing yards per game.

There's also the fact that Garoppolo just underwent shoulder surgery, with Garafolo reporting the aim is to have him "throwing well ahead of training camp." At this point, it's tough to know when he'll be back to 100 percent.

The good news for the Colts and any other interested suitors is that San Francisco's leverage is deteriorating by the day. 

Dieter Kurtenbach @dieter

Jimmy G’s price just became a Day 3 pick-swap. The Niners have gone all Garoppolo in the 4th Q of the NFC Championship Game with this trade process — total botch job.

Garoppolo's $27 million salary-cap hit is on the high side, and perhaps general manager John Lynch reaches a point where he simply releases the veteran signal-caller outright. Because the Niners can save $25.6 million by trading or releasing him, there's likely no chance Jimmy G remains on the roster when the regular season begins.

Despite the aforementioned questions over his shoulder and his track record in San Francisco, giving up a late-round pick or doing a pick swap for Garoppolo wouldn't be the worst outcome for the Colts as they look to fill their void at quarterback.

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