Jimmy Garoppolo Trade Rumors: 49ers QB Has 'Remote' Chance of Being Dealt

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2021

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
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The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly not expected to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo leading up to or during the 2021 NFL draft, barring something unforeseen.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a source said Thursday the chances of the Niners dealing Jimmy G are "remote." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that the 49ers won't trade Garoppolo "unless the value overwhelms them."

The 49ers made a big move up in the first round of the draft, going from No. 12 to No. 3 in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have since made it clear they are targeting a quarterback.

The belief is that Trevor Lawrence will go first overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Zach Wilson will go second to the New York Jets, leaving the 49ers to choose between Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Rapoport reported this week the Niners have narrowed their choice down to either Jones or Lance.

The 29-year-old Garoppolo is coming off an injury-plagued 2020 season that saw him miss 10 games because of an ankle ailment. He largely struggled when he played, completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 1,096 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

In parts of four seasons with the 49ers since they acquired him from the New England Patriots in 2017, he has started more than six games in a season only once. He accomplished that feat when he started all 16 games in 2019, leading San Francisco to the Super Bowl.

Garoppolo is 22-8 as a starter for the Niners, and his numbers were solid in 2019, as he completed 69.1 percent of his attempts for 3,978 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 picks.

One team that could conceivably be interested in Jimmy G is the Pats since head coach Bill Belichick is the one who drafted him in 2014. With Tom Brady no longer blocking the way, Garoppolo would be able to ascend to the starting spot in New England.

The Patriots are in a tough spot in the draft, as they could use an upgrade over veteran Cam Newton, who struggled mightily last season. They own the 15th overall pick, however, meaning they would likely need to trade up to select a top-five quarterback prospect.

Failing that, striking a deal with the 49ers for Garoppolo may not be outside the realm of possibility, although Shanahan and Lynch seem happy to enter the 2021 season with both Garoppolo and a rookie first-round pick on the roster at quarterback.

Garoppolo will also make $24.1 million in 2021 and $24.2 million in 2022 under his current contract, making him even harder to move.


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