Jimmy Garoppolo is making things awfully complicated for the San Francisco 49ers.
Last year, the Niners traded up in the first round of the draft to select Garoppolo’s apparent successor, Trey Lance. But given an opportunity to start for one more season, Jimmy G has done a whole lot of winning.
After getting hot at the end of the regular season, Jimmy Garoppolo’s 49ers snuck into the playoffs. And now, they find themselves on a run to the Conference Championship this weekend.
Despite the run they’ve been on with Jimmy G, NFL insider Ian Rapport is still thinks they’ll look to use the QB as a trade chip in the offseason.
“The 49ers are gonna have significant trade interest for Jimmy G this offseason,” Rapoport said. “They’ll have the opportunity to trade him for a real draft pick & turn things over to Trey Lance.”
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"The 49ers are gonna have significant trade interest for Jimmy G this offseason.. they'll have the opportunity to trade him for a real draft pick & turn things over to Trey Lance" ~@RapSheet#PatMcAfeeShowLIVE #FTTB pic.twitter.com/rrkMUWk6VI
— WrestleMania Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 25, 2022
With a few different obvious possible trade destinations for Jimmy Garoppolo, fans from all over weighed in on whether they want the quarterback to come take over their team’s offense.
If Jimmy wants to come throw it around with the boys in Denver we’ll be more than happy to have him 🤷🏻♂️ that is if we don’t get Aaron first https://t.co/cZxKnkSZyX
— Jackson James (@walxers) January 25, 2022
Send Jimmy back to New England. https://t.co/4gkiSznNfk
— Coming Thru Clutch Podcast (@ClutchMedia365) January 25, 2022
As long as it isn't us…. https://t.co/ce4RIIdk14
— Ashley Reynolds (@Ashley_Reynolds) January 25, 2022
Whatever team he going to will be in the lottery if he throwing 30 passes a game https://t.co/1XwXStJfN9
— kuz. (@jadkuzzo) January 25, 2022
not trading any picks for Jimmy G. He didn’t win that game! https://t.co/4nBkCRj1op
— Mark A Holder (@MarkHolder27) January 25, 2022
Saints y’all better not be no where near this https://t.co/VJ7tjogGwk
— Lakers💛💜/Saints💛🖤 (@thatboyCastille) January 25, 2022
Jimmy Garoppolo’s stats or ability might not jump off the page at anybody. But he’s been able to execute Kyle Shanahan’s offense better than any of the other “game managers” who have come in to replace him during his time away due to injury.
Sure, Jimmy G might not be the most exciting move for a team you’re rooting for. But at the end of the day, it’s really hard to knock a guy who wins at such a high clip in the regular season and playoffs.
Someone will leap at Jimmy Garoppolo if the Niners put him on the market this offseason. And it’ll be interesting to see who that team ends up being.