Will 49ers Trade Jimmy Garoppolo To Broncos, Vikings Or Texans?
Will the 49ers trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Broncos, Vikings or Texans?
That is the question on the minds of football fans all over San Francisco after something of an interesting preseason.
Garoppolo, 27, returned to action this year after missing 11 months with a torn ACL.
His offseason performance was something of a mixed bag.
It certainly was not what folks in the organization wanted to see after giving the former New England Patriots reserve a $138 million contract.
At one point during a very highly scrutinized training camp session he threw five straight interceptions.
Again, this was just a practice session – but still, yowza.
Later on, in a preseason game against the Denver Broncos, he went 1-for-6 and threw a pick.
Normally bad preseason showings are dismissed as just that, but we also do not have much else to grade him on.
Garoppolo played in three games with the 49ers in 2018.
Prior to that, in 2017, he played in six games with them.
Over the course of his entire professional career, Garoppolo has never played more than six games in a single season.
Complicating matters further is that the 49ers have other respectable options at quarterback.
Nick Mullens, 24, was picked up by San Francisco as an undrafted free agent back in 2017.
He first received his chance to shine last year when CJ Beathard got hurt.
Mullens wound up playing in eight games and racked up 2,227 passing yards and 13 touchdowns.
“Jimmy G has more pressure over the next few months because Nick Mullens is sitting there and I believe that it’s a very, very viable alternative. They won’t say that publicly.”@MikeSilver talking Bay Area QBs pic.twitter.com/4oix65jW41
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) September 3, 2019
This week, Mullens informed reporters that he had been named the team’s No. 1 backup at quarterback.
“The coaches have notified us,” he said.
“I will serve as the backup. That doesn’t really change my mindset. I’ve just got to take one day at a time, and all three of us will continue to push each other and make each other better in practice and in the game.”
Clearly 49ers brass like Mullens, and based on everything we have seen, he could be a very viable replacement for Garoppolo.
So let’s say Garoppolo wears out his welcome in San Francisco.
Where could he go?
Well, there are a few options.
The Broncos are lining Joe Flacco up at quarterback to start the year, but the backup situation behind him is very thin.
Drew Lock will be a short term IR guy and Flacco’s most recent run with the Baltimore Ravens ended with him getting replaced.
Garoppolo could be a good fit in Denver, and if anyone loves taking chances on quarterbacks, it’s John Elway.
If not the Broncos, Minnesota is another option.
Kirk Cousins is clearly the top quarterback on the roster, but behind him sits Sean Mannion – someone who has only started in one game since 2015.
The Vikings play in a very violent division. If Cousins gets hurt, they could really use someone of Garoppolo’s caliber on the roster.
Finally, if neither Denver nor Minnesota end up shaking out, then don’t sleep on the Texans.
Deshaun Watson is a fantastic young quarterback, but his health remains a big question mark.
Garoppolo could be a perfect fit on a team that otherwise looks ready to do some serious damage in their division.
Will Garoppolo ultimately get benched and then subsequently traded? Not at first, probably.
But if the 49ers get off to a bad start – it certainly would not be all that shocking to see him a new jersey next year.