The 49ers don’t have a lot of choices left with what to do with Jimmy Garoppolo, and a dwindling market means they’re running out of options.
There are a lot of things the San Francisco 49ers could have done better with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Yes, they could have parted ways with him not long after aggressively trading up for quarterback Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft. But after making it to the NFC Championship game with Garoppolo the (main) starter, that doesn’t matter so much.
What does matter, at least as of late, is the fact the Niners reportedly missed opportunity after opportunity to trade Garoppolo to a quarterback-needy team, the latest report suggesting general manager John Lynch had been offered two second-round picks for Jimmy G.
No deal materialized, though.
Instead, San Francisco has watched a wild quarterback carousel take shape the last few days: Deshaun Watson going to the Cleveland Browns, Baker Mayfield placed on the trade block, the Atlanta Falcons trading Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts, who traded Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders earlier, while the New Orleans Saints re-signed Jameis Winston and the Falcons signed Marcus Mariota to replace Ryan.
Get all that? It’s a lot.
Yet none of it involved Garoppolo, and they’re now forced to admit they missed numerous opportunities.
For those thinking Garoppolo could revert back to starting over Lance for the 49ers in 2022, think again. Doing so would be one of the greatest misallocations of team resources in recent NFL history.
Instead, the Niners are merely left with three (not so great) options with what to do with Garoppolo now.