Of Matt Ryan is traded to the Colts, the list of possible landing sites for Jimmy Garoppolo has become smaller. The move is likely to have an impact on its trading value, although the 49ers reportedly already have a relatively strong market for Garoppolo.
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According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, General Manager of 49ers John Lynch “tells interested teams he has an offer for two second-round picks” for the outgoing quarterback. That would be twice the price San Francisco paid to take him from the Patriots in 2017. More specifically, it would be the compensation of Ryan and Carson Wentz offers.
It was thought the 49ers would leave from Garoppolo, 30, as soon as they were drafted Trey Lance third overall last year. Not surprisingly, then, they reportedly held trading talks with him earlier this month. Each step would be complicated not only by the rest of the market, but also by Garoppolo’s recent operation and contract status. He has a cap hit just under $27MM for one more season on his current deal.
Florio cites the Seahawks as a potential trade destination. The Colts were long thought to be interested in the former Patriot, but the Ryan takeover has banned them from the fight. With the signing of the Falcons and Saints Marcus Mariota and James Winston, respectively, they are likewise doubtful of being interested. Seattle added Drew Lock in the Russell Wilson deal, but the NFC West squad is one of a dwindling number of teams — another potential being the Panthers — who have questions about the starting QB.
If the 49ers do indeed have a remarkable offering at their disposal, one of the last dominoes in this year’s QB market could fall in the near future.