Reason No. 3: 49ers balked at trading Jimmy Garoppolo when they had the chance
There have been multiple reports from the offseason saying the 49ers received offers from other teams willing to trade for Jimmy Garoppolo.
One report from John Middlekauff earlier in March (h/t 49ers Webzone) said the Niners had already been offered a second-round NFL Draft pick, while Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported on Monday that they had received an offer for two second-round picks.
Given where we’re at right now, it’s pretty clear San Francisco didn’t jump at either one of those two offers.
What happened instead was a long string of quarterback-needy teams engineering alternative plans:
- Commanders trading for Carson Wentz
- Browns trading for Deshaun Watson
- Colts trading for Matt Ryan
- Falcons signing Marcus Mariota
- Saints re-signing Jameis Winston
That’ll effectively leave the Panthers and Seattle Seahawks as the only realistic teams in need of a quarterback, and Baker Mayfield being on the trade block means it’ll be an awfully thin market for Jimmy G once Mayfield’s situation is settled.
In short, the 49ers waited too long. And probably because of the next reason.