ESPN Analyst Says Patriots Are The ‘Obvious Fit’ For Jimmy Garoppolo After 49ers Move On From Him

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Jimmy Garoppolo may have very well played his final game as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

After losing to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in February, the 4-5 Niners have dealt with a catastrophic flurry of injuries that include the star QB. Garoppolo, who missed 13 games in 2018 with a torn ACL, is out again up to six weeks, on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.

Although the 49ers went 13-3 and won the NFC when Garoppolo was fully healthy last season, there has been a sense that he hasn’t maximized the potential of the team at the game’s most important position.

In the event that San Francisco decides to trade Garoppolo this offseason, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell believes there will be one “obvious” suitor in the mix for his services.

“There would be one team that looms as an obvious fit for Garoppolo, of course,” Barnwell said. “The Patriots will have more cap space than the 49ers and don’t have a solution under contract for 2021. Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer are both free agents after the season, leaving Jarrett Stidham as the only quarterback under contract. They have publicly suggested that they think Stidham can be their quarterback of the future, but he has thrown four interceptions in 27 career pass attempts.”

As you know, Jimmy Garoppolo arrived as the 49ers’ franchise quarterback in a blockbuster trade from the Patriots only three years ago.

New England only has Cam Newton under contract for this season, and the former MVP has not being playing well at all this year.

San Francisco would only have $2.8 million in dead money if it moves Garoppolo in the offseason.