The San Francisco 49ers appear to be stuck between a rock and a hard place with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
At the beginning of the offseason, all sides seemed optimistic that perhaps a trade of some sort could be worked out. As the days turned into weeks, however – it became increasingly clear that a deal wasn’t on the horizon.
Now, with all the top-tier available passers on new teams and at least one major star still out there for the taking, it’s obvious that Garoppolo’s stock is at an all-time low.
Adding insult to injury is the fact that San Francisco had one great trade offer on the table for their veteran QB, but ultimately didn’t take advantage.
“We’d heard the 49ers had been telling interested teams they have an offer of two second-round picks,” reported Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
“If they did, they should have taken it. If they did, they surely don’t have it now. At some point, they may have nothing. Even if they do, is it a team Garoppolo will want to join? If the new team wants him to extend his contract as part of the trade, will he decline? He’s got leverage. So do the 49ers.
“With none of the money guaranteed, they can squat on him until the eve of the start of the regular season, waiting for an injury elsewhere to create an immediate need for Garoppolo or ultimately cutting him.”
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Second-year passer Trey Lance may be in the midst of a messy situation with his girlfriend, but on the field he’s the 49ers’ choice of starter for next year. That leaves Garoppolo as the odd man out.
Will San Francisco be able to trade him for something, anything?
Time will tell.