The SF 49ers still have to decide if Jimmy Garoppolo is the starter for 2021.
With the offseason came a quarterback carousel as Jared Goff, Matt Stafford and recently Carson Wentz have all found new homes with the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
Add in the Deshaun Watson saga with the Houston Texans where every team is hoping Watson will pick them as the place he wants to play next (Watson has to waive a no-trade clause in his contract, essentially giving him the choice of team if the Texans do decide to trade him sooner rather than later), and this offseason is already one of absolute insanity.
When you think about it, the Niners’ situation with Garoppolo may be the most sane situation of an insane quarterback situation around the league.
San Francisco is in a difficult situation. The SF 49ers have a roster that can get them to the Super Bowl even factoring in changes that will happen to that roster this offseason. They have an expensive but underperforming quarterback at the helm. They have the ability to save money if they cut or trade him. They also could fall back into the pack of average teams if they have to go with an even more middling quarterback at the position.
It’s not an easy decision to make. There’s a lot of variables into making the decision whether or not to trade Garoppolo given the financial and on-field complications.
With that in mind, Niner Noise is going to look at both sides of the coin and evaluate the pros and the cons of a potential trade involving Garoppolo.
Let’s start with the pros.