Jimmy Garoppolo: Rethinking 4 teams that could trade for 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Pete Carroll, Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll with quarterback Geno Smith (7) Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Jimmy Garoppolo trade destination No. 2: Seattle Seahawks

Yes, we should still put one of the Niners’ chief rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, on this list.

Sure, inter-division trades are awfully rare, but they do happen. And unlike the previous 10 years when the Hawks were dominating San Francisco during quarterback Russell Wilson’s reign up north, Seattle now enters 2022 with two less-than-ideal starting signal-callers, Drew Lock and Geno Smith, and one of the more talent-lacking rosters in the league.

Like the Falcons, the Seahawks boasting $16.4 million in cap space would require some moving pieces, although cutting Smith in favor of Jimmy Garoppolo would free up an additional $3.5 million.

But that still doesn’t answer the question of whether the 49ers would entertain trading within the NFC West and likely improve the Hawks’ roster in the process.

However, if we assume Seattle is one of those teams that’d jump on Garoppolo if he was suddenly available in the wake of the Niners releasing him outright, San Francisco trying to get at least something out of its division rival by the way of a trade makes some sense.

Especially if there’s a bit of a bidding war on Garoppolo’s services, which would help drive up the compensation cost, even if it’s still only a modest amount.