With Matt Ryan being traded to the Colts, the list of potential landing spots for Jimmy Garoppolo has gotten smaller. The move will likely have an impact on his trade value, although the 49ers reportedly have a relatively strong market for Garoppolo already.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, 49ers general manager John Lynch “is telling interested teams that he has an offer in hand of two second round picks” for the outgoing quarterback. That would constitute twice the price San Francisco paid to acquire him from the Patriots in 2017. More notably, it would outstrip the compensation from the Ryan and Carson Wentz deals.
It has been thought the 49ers would move on from Garoppolo, 30, once they drafted Trey Lance third overall last year. Not surprisingly, then, they were reportedly fielding trade calls on him earlier this month. Any move would be complicated not only by the rest of the market, but also Garoppolo’s recent surgery as well as his contract status. He carries a cap hit of just under $27MM for one more season on his current deal.
Florio lists the Seahawks as a potential trade destination. The Colts were long thought to be interested in the former Patriot, but the acquisition of Ryan eliminates them from contention. With the Falcons and Saints signing Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, respectively, they are likewise doubtful to be interested. Seattle added Drew Lock in the Russell Wilson deal, but the NFC West squad is one of a dwindling number of teams – another potentially being the Panthers – facing questions about its starting QB.
If the 49ers do indeed have a noteworthy offer available to them, one of the last dominoes in this year’s QB market could fall in the near future.