49ers trade possibility No. 2: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Yes, more trade speculation about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. And if that frustrates you, think about the Niners’ attempts to move him this offseason in favor of the younger, cheaper and far more athletic replacement, Trey Lance.
So far, no dice on a would-be trade. We’ve been down that road a lot already.
Recent speculation and reports say Garoppolo would be willing to accept a pay cut if traded, surely cutting down on one obstacle for a potential suitor, considering his post-trade salary is already at $25.5 million. His surgically repaired shoulder, however, is still a remaining obstacle.
However, an NFL-ready quarterback with plenty of playoff experience is a valuable enough commodity for a team ready to compete for a postseason berth now. And as fans can recall, plenty of things happen during offseason programs: injuries, lackluster starters and other setbacks.
Heck, remember in 2016 when the Minnesota Vikings dished out a first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the latter’s own lame-duck quarterback, Sam Bradford, in the wake of the Vikings’ own, Teddy Bridgewater, suffering a serious season-ending injury?
Perhaps that’s what San Francisco is anxiously awaiting, if not necessarily an injury to another team’s starter but perhaps some other presumed No. 1 quarterback completely flaming out in training camp.