The Jimmy Garoppolo era with the 49ers should see an ending in March, with the quarterback signing with another team.
It didn’t have to be dramatic, but the 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seem to finally be parting ways.
With the emergence of rookie quarterback Brock Purdy and the belief Trey Lance can live up to his potential, it’s a no-brainer the two sides are breaking up.
To say this relationship has been a rollercoaster is an understatement. When the Niners traded for Garoppolo back in 2017, there was a sense of hope he could lead the team to the promised land.
He certainly got the 49ers to the land, however, they didn’t do enough to plant the flag and claim their territory.
This offseason should be different than last year. If you need a refresher, head coach Kyle Shanahan said they were moving on from Garoppolo, it was Lance’s team. Garoppolo himself even said his final goodbyes to the media and the Faithful knowing it was his last time at Levi’s Stadium as a 49er.
He even had his apartment packed and ready to go.
However, Garoppolo never got released or traded. Could’ve been due to health uncertainty, surgery, performance… whatever it was, nobody wanted to take on the veteran quarterback who still showed a lot of potential.
All of a sudden, Garoppolo’s back at training camp. Not with the team, just on the side but keeping his strength and conditioning up. Fast forward a few weeks and he’s back in as a starter leading the Niners on an impressive run. After San Francisco lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo lead the team to five straight wins before Purdy finished out the rest of the season after Garoppolo’s season-ending foot injury in Week 13.
Jimmy G finished the 2022 season with 16 touchdowns, four interceptions, 2,437 yards and a passer rating of 102.96. He threw a touchdown in all but two games during this stretch, while ending his time with San Francisco by not throwing a single interception in five straight games.
It was a great audition for him as he heads into NFL free agency, but where should he go in 2023?
Let’s start with the most obvious team who could sign him, the Houston Texans.