San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo probably played his last game in a 49ers uniform last Sunday. Despite winning eight of his last 11 games, Jimmy GQ will likely be traded out before the start of next season to make way for sophomore quarterback and former third overall pick Trey Lance. We don’t know where Garoppolo will land. All we know is that if a team is looking for an experienced quarterback, who has proven they can win games if they get into a good situation, they’re going to have to pay. So, what exactly is Garoppolo worth?
When Garoppolo was traded for the 49ers of the New England Patriots, San Francisco said goodbye with a second round. Garoppolo had only started two games in his career prior to that trade. Now he is third all-time in 49ers win percentage, behind only Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young. He has been to two NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl as a starter, and now that Brady and Roethlisberger are retired, Garoppolo is the only active quarterback with multiple Super Bowl rings. He is a proven winner, a great mentor and an all round class act. So while he may not be an elite talent in the quarterback position, he has tremendous value for a team that needs a little push to push itself over the edge into the playoff battle. The first teams that come to mind are Denver, Carolina, Miami and the New York Giants. We can also compare these teams to a team from a year ago that was in a similar situation: the Indianapolis Colts.
In August, the Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a third-round pick and a second-round pick—provided that if Wentz played 75 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, it would change to a first-round choice. Personally, I like Jimmy Garoppolo a bit more than Carson Wentz. Most people would consider the two quarterbacks to be very close in terms of talent, although both exhibit very different strengths and weaknesses. But despite the precedent of a possible first and third place for Wentz set less than a year ago, several fans seem to believe they can buy Garoppolo for the same price the 49ers bought him half a decade ago.
A third and a sixth, really? For a starting quarterback? Have you gone mad? I’ll help you find it!
Based on what we’ve seen from the past, Garoppolo is more of a winner than Wentz was when he was traded, played in more games the season before being traded than Wentz did, and unlike Wentz, he didn’t lead the league in interceptions. last season, and you want to tell me that Garoppolo can’t sell for anything better than a second or third? Blasphemy. Complete blasphemy.
Sure, some teams may be more skeptical of Garoppolo based on Wentz’s disappointing performance this year, but there’s bound to be a GM desperate enough to make a big splash by making a first-round pick and possibly more for Garoppolo. exchange. Maybe a GM sitting on the hot seat for a bad trade he made for a quarterback a year ago, hmm? Scott Fitterer and Matt Rhule will likely both be on the hotseat heading into next season. This was a team that was supposed to be a dark-horse playoff contender. Instead, they finished last in their division after a 3-0 start. While their secondary and offensive line certainly needs help, this is one team that no longer has to deal with Tom Brady. If Garoppolo can perform at a level even remotely close to what he experienced in San Francisco, Garoppolo may have a case for the best quarterback in the division (especially if Matt Ryan is replaced in Atlanta).
This upcoming concept class is considered to be one of the weaker QB concept classes in recent history. So, would you rather draft a quarterback with several flaws and hope for the best, or trade that pick for a quarterback who has proven he can win in the NFL? Garoppolo is a safer “forward” than anyone in the draft class coming up, which is why so many teams should be willing to give a little extra for a man like Garoppolo.
If the 49ers aren’t offered a first-round selection, they can just… keep Garoppolo on the team. Do you think they’d be mad if he was behind Trey Lance? A quarterback who has taken the team to two NFC Championship Games in three years and already knows the system? Yes, that is a devastating situation to be in. Yes, it hurts their cap situation and would probably keep them from expanding key players like Laken Tomlinson, K’Waun Williams and Raheem Mostert (yes, he’s still the best RB they have when healthy), but it’s not the end of the world. Tomlinson could be replaced by Aaron Banks, conscript for 2021. Williams is a gambling corner and the Niners can always re-sign Jason Verett and hope he stays sane. I like Mostert and think he’ll take the Niners offense to a whole other level when he’s healthy, but let’s not pretend the 49ers can’t generate a solid run game with just Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty.
The 49ers have no choice in the first round this year, and if they’re going to part with a quarterback like Garoppolo, especially given what other teams have parted with for similar talents, they’d better save some of the value they lost in their trade with the dolphins. A first-round pick shouldn’t be what the 49ers are hoping for by putting Jimmy G on the trading bloc. It should be the bare minimum. As long as they don’t feel pressured to trade him this offseason, the 49ers could be a tremendous value.