Ever since Trey Lance was taken as the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it was common knowledge that veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s days were numbered with the San Francisco 49ers.
Before last season, the San Francisco 49ers were reportedly asking for a first round pick in exchange for Jimmy Garoppolo.
They have since lowered their price, at least for one team.
NFL insider Matt Lombardo is reporting that for the Steelers the asking price for Garoppolo is a second-round pick or a third-round pick plus a player.
Lombardo seems to have strong sources when it comes to the Steelers, which is why he singles them out.
The 49ers clawed their way into the playoffs under Garoppolo’s leadership and defeated the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers along the way.
The leverage the Niners once had is gone as teams know they are turning over their offense to Trey Lance, so trying to play hard ball in a trade will not work out here. Because they appreciate all he has done for them, the 49ers may also give Garoppolo a say in where he ends up.
During this past Sunday’s press conference, Garoppolo admit that he’ll most likely be filled with emotions over the next few days.
“I think these next couple of days it will really start to settle in a little bit,” Garoppolo told reporters, via ESPN. “Emotions are high after a game win or loss, and it’s one of those things you’ve got to be glad it happened, smile from it, and think about the good things. We’ll see what happens in these next couple days, weeks, whatever, but I love this team. Just the fight and the battle in this team throughout the entire year has been really impressive. I love those guys.”
Garoppolo finished the 2021 season with 3,810 passing yards, 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.