While the drama surrounding Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns seems like it might play out for a long time to come, the San Francisco 49ers sound like they have a very clear timeline in place to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.
According to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, if Garoppolo can get medically cleared on his shoulder by late June or early July, the 49ers will immediately ramp up efforts to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old quarterback.
Wagoner says that he finds it hard to imagine a scenario in which Garoppolo is still on San Francisco’s roster by Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. Especially considering the current $26.95 million cap hit that comes with him.
While there have been some rumors surrounding Trey Lance and how the 49ers feel about him, Wagoner says that the second-year QB has been given assurances that he will start for San Francisco next season.
Niners GM John Lynch has made it clear previously that the team does not plan on releasing Garoppolo.
“I don’t foresee that,” said Lynch. “He’s too good of a player. I think Jimmy will be playing for us or will be playing for someone else. He’s too good of a player not to be.”
The Seahawks and Panthers remain two teams that have a lot of questions surrounding their quarterback situation. But both have proven capable of waiting for the right time and right situation before making any deals. We’ll see if things change if and when Garoppolo’s shoulder is healed up.