Last season, Jimmy Garoppolo took the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship game. You would think that would’ve raised his stock this offseason, but more and more teams have filled their QB spot, leaving Jimmy G right back where he started last year.
Free agents like Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota have found their new homes, while other quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo are still waiting to be traded. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is telling interested teams that they have an offer of two second-round picks for Garoppolo on the table.
We do know that team was not the Colts, because they traded for Matt Ryan.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Garoppolo’s surgically repaired shoulder steered the Colts away from him. The Colts had “concerns” regarding his shoulder injury, per Russini.
Garoppolo underwent successful shoulder surgery earlier this month and is expected to be ready for training camp, but won’t throw until the summer. Indianapolis reportedly saw this as “a red flag.”
The Colts won’t begin offseason workouts until April 18, but they already have their quarterback after trading for Ryan on Monday.
The best ability is availability, and Ryan has missed just one game in the last 12 seasons. Garoppolo missed 13 games with a torn ACL in his left knee in 2018 and 10 more in 2020 because of ankle injuries. In 2021, he missed two games, one with a torn ligament in his right thumb and another with a calf issue.
There’s your answer right there as to why the Colts went with Matty Ice over Jimmy G.