3 reasons why SF 49ers won’t move Jimmy Garoppolo
By Peter Panacy
No. 3: SF 49ers ‘cold’ interest in Matthew Stafford
One of the perceived best possible courses of action for an upgrade over Jimmy Garoppolo would have been to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions. The Rams ended up trading off multiple high-round NFL Draft picks and their starting quarterback, Jared Goff, in the deal that’ll go official this March, though, so one might assume that asking price was simply too high from the Niners’ vantage point.
But Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported shortly thereafter San Francisco wasn’t actively in on the market for Stafford anyway.
Stafford, a regular in the 4,000-yard passing club, could easily be perceived as an upgrade outside of the simpleton quarterback-wins department. True, it’s possible any buzz about the SF 49ers and Stafford could have only served to drive up the cost to the Rams, which inevitably will help the Niners.
Yet the report San Francisco wasn’t overly keen on getting one of the better available quarterbacks on the market this offseason is a pretty big endorsement and win for Jimmy G.