Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was heavily criticized following the game for his performance, and it is believed that the team will be moving on from the two-time Super Bowl champion.
It’s unclear where Garoppolo will be playing next season. But according to reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there are several teams interested in the veteran quarterback to be their starter next season.
We also did not have a timeline on when the 49ers would be looking to trade Garoppolo, but Schefter suggested that he will be traded sometime this month. He will reportedly soon be undergoing offseason surgery on his shoulder that he injured during the postseason.
While some would believe that surgery could keep some teams away from trading for Garoppolo, Schefter added that this will most likely not impact his trade status.
Garoppolo injured his shoulder during the wild-card win over Dallas, per sources. He does not need thumb surgery for another injury he also played through. Surgery is expected to happen shortly. There is “significant interest” in Garoppolo from multiple teams, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2022
Fans on social media certainly feel different about that, as many have raised concern and believe that this surgery could potentially tank his trade value.
Lot of reasons not to trade significant value for Jimmy G, but his injury history is at the top of the list. https://t.co/cHAM8PieVF
— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 1, 2022
Garoppolo’s toughness has never been in doubt. https://t.co/i89NPgiDcf
— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) March 1, 2022
The guy is a walking cast. Why would anyone give up substantial draft capital? No wonder why the free agent QB market is getting looked at first. https://t.co/L01AIF22W9
— Jose Sanchez III (@JSanchezSI) March 1, 2022
Some hesitation here because of JG injury history and potential cost — both in picks and $$ to extend. Doesn't mean they wouldn't try to get him, does mean lots to consider. Could make the low-cost FA potentially w/a rookie avenue more desirable (if the HR route fails). https://t.co/CO5iUuUxhZ
— John Keim (@john_keim) March 1, 2022
Garoppolo has the mold of a game manager, which in the right situation could be very valuable to a team that is already set up with surrounding pieces. And he’s already shown that he can take a team into the playoffs, and was very nearly playing in his first Super Bowl as a starter this season. But there are those injury and production concerns with him. It will be interesting to see where he lands this offseason.