Jimmy Garoppolo is still on the San Francisco 49ers roster even though he won’t be the team’s starting quarterback in 2022. Trey Lance has the keys to the car and is expected to be the future going forward.
Former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum thinks one team makes the most since. During an appearance with ESPN’s Get Up on Friday, Mike Tannebaum said the Browns trading for Garoppolo should be a “no-brainer.”
With Watson out for the first 11 games of the 2022 season, the Cleveland Browns are in desperate need of a starting quarterback option and to hopefully keep the team above water until his return or risk having a lost season.
Tannenbaum added that the move should only cost Cleveland a conditional fourth or fifth-round pick.
“I’m calling and I’m not hanging up without a deal,” he said. “This is an absolute no-brainer.”
Cutting Garoppolo before Week 1 may be the Niners’ unavoidable choice, according to Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton: “If they waive him before then, they’ll free up $25.5 million of cap space—which they could roll over to next year—and be left with only a $1.4 million dead cap hit.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport poured cold water over such Browns-Garoppolo rumors on multiple occasions earlier this week, and head coach Kevin Stefanski insisted on Thursday the Browns will “stick to our plan” of starting journeyman backup Jacoby Brissett for the games Watson will miss.
As we know, things can quickly change in the NFL.