The Carolina Panthers desperately need an answer at quarterback for the future.
It’s not a secret that Jimmy Garoppolo’s time with the San Francisco 49ers is coming to an end fairly soon and that was made even more evident after their most recent game against the Titans.
ESPN staff writer Bill Barnwell crafted together three distinct scenarios for the upcoming offseason and one of them has has the Panthers acquiring Jimmy G.
“If the Panthers strike out in their moves to acquire a superstar under center, Garoppolo is a logical Plan B,” Barnwell writes. “We know that he has more upside than it might seem — the 49ers did make it to a Super Bowl with him, after all — and he wouldn’t preclude them from going after a quarterback in the 2023 draft. This would be a third-round pick in 2023 that could rise as high as the first round if Garoppolo plays 16 games and Carolina makes the playoffs.”
Garoppolo has started 13 of 15 games this year, passing for 3,494 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. At this moment, Garoppolo is set to have a $24.2 million base salary for the 2022 season.
The second scenario then has the Panthers going after Green Bay Packers backup Jordan Love. This particular proposal would send the 2020 first-round pick over for the same price they got Darnold for—second and fourth-round selections.
“While Carolina has attempted to trade for star quarterbacks over the past two offseasons, this scenario would leave the market with none available,” he writes, leaving Aaron Rodgers with the Packers for the future. “The Panthers might not want to use another midround pick on a quarterback who isn’t a sure thing, but facing the horror of going into 2022 with Sam Darnold as their top option, Love would be a low-cost, high-upside alternative. They reportedly took a close look at Love before the 2020 draft.”
Jordan Love has played in four games this season, completing 24 of his 41 pass attempts for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He has also rushed for 19 yards on 9 carries.