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Jimmy Garoppolo's Agent Denies Rumor About 49ers Trade to Bucs to Backup Tom Brady

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 11, 2022

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Don Yee, the agent for Jimmy Garoppolo, denied speaking to Dan Sileo regarding the quarterback's future after the radio host said a trade could be in the works to send him to Tampa Bay.

"He's progressing well and on schedule," Yee told Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. "We're optimistic about the upcoming season. Over the weekend, a report came out that asserted I had spoken to a media member about his future, but the report was false."

Sileo said he knows Yee "very well" on his radio show before speculating the Buccaneers could trade for Garoppolo to make him the "heir apparent" to Tom Brady, much like he was in New England.

"This would be the ultimate slap in the face to Belichick if Brady retires and Garoppolo is the heir apparent, but they do it in Tampa and not New England," Sileo said. "This was supposed to be the plan in New England, not in Tampa Bay."

The 49ers have explored Garoppolo trades throughout the offseason but have found a tepid market amid his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Sileo said Garoppolo began throwing two weeks ago, but that has not been confirmed by the team. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported late last month that Garoppolo was set to resume throwing "soon."

San Francisco has not given a firm timetable for Garoppolo's return to full participation. It's unclear if he will be healthy by the start of training camp, which gets underway at the end of July.

The Buccaneers are not an obvious fit for Garoppolo given they have only $12.5 million in cap space. Garoppolo has a $27 million cap number for the 2022 season, so he would have to take a pay cut or significantly restructure his deal if he were traded to Tampa Bay.

The Cleveland Browns, the other potential suitor mentioned by Sileo, have more than enough room to fit Garoppolo without making any other moves. Cleveland could look to add Garoppolo as a short-term solution if Deshaun Watson is suspended amid allegations of sexual assault and misconduct.

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