The 49ers seem to be running out of trade partners for Jimmy Garoppolo, but one NFL analyst believes the Giants could be in the running for the quarterback.
The San Francisco 49ers appear to be running out of options regarding what to do with their veteran quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo.
In their attempts to trade the soon-to-be-ousted signal-caller, the Carolina Panthers removed themselves from the equation by acquiring former Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. And while the Browns’ own quarterbacking dilemma surrounding a possible year-long suspension facing Deshaun Watson, it’s not looking like Cleveland is aggressively asking the Niners what they want for Garoppolo.
And it’s still hard to envision San Francisco executing a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, another quarterback-needy team.
The 49ers could be faced with simply having to release Garoppolo prior to the regular season beginning, unless they want to invite the same controversy that existed shortly after they used the No. 3 overall NFL Draft pick a year ago to grab quarterback Trey Lance.
However, what if there’s an 11th-hour team that suddenly pushes itself into the mix? According to one NFL analyst, that’s certainly a possibility.
NY Giants in the running for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo?
NFL Network’s David Carr, a former pro quarterback himself, feels as if the New York Giants could somehow emerge as a trade partner for Garoppolo’s services.
This wasn’t exactly a highly talked-about possibility earlier this offseason, at least not after the G-Men seemed poised to give their own former top-10 draft pick, quarterback Daniel Jones one more shot heading into 2022.
Not so fast, though, argued Carr:
"Jimmy G can win some games for somebody. He absolutely still can play at a high level, and he won a lot of games for San Francisco. I think the only issue is just his health. If he’s healthy, then very possibly the Giants could make a move for him."
Why would NY Giants trade with 49ers for Jimmy Garoppolo
New York elected not to pick up Jones’ fifth-year option, meaning he’ll be a free agent once the 2022 season is up, barring what seems to be an unlikely suspension. And while the Giants have done their best in recent seasons to surround Jones with offensive weaponry, his tendency to turn the ball over — 17 interceptions thrown and 17 fumbles the last two years — remains a problem.
Plus, first-year head coach Brian Daboll inherited Jones and might want to at least spark some competition heading into the new season.
Jones would cost over $8.1 million if waived this season, so he’s not going anywhere off the G-Men’s roster. And with just over $6 million in available cap space, New York would have to do some serious roster jockeying to fit Garoppolo’s would-be $25.5 million post-trade base salary.
Unless one or more parties involved here agree to divvy up the cost, like the Panthers and Browns did with Mayfield.
Ultimately, however, this scenario doesn’t seem too likely. Daboll is fully safe in his new role for at least three seasons, and he’d get a full pass if he stuck with Jones for the year and Jones subsequently floundered, leaving Daboll the opportunity in 2023 to grab a quarterback of his choosing.
Why would the Giants trade off assets on someone like Garoppolo amid that context?