One thing we know for sure is that Jimmy Garoppolo will be playing for a different team in 2022. This past season threw everyone for a bit of a loop, even if the 49ers always knew what their plan was. There was endless speculation about the future of Garoppolo once Trey Lance was acquired, but the 49ers kept him as the starter.
Garoppolo has already gave his farewell and plus the team can save $24.1 million by trading or cutting Garoppolo.
With Ben Roethlisberger retiring after the Steelers’ loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card round, head coach Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh need a strong replacement, and Jimmy G just might be the man for the job.
One proposal that is catching eyeballs comes from Fansided’s Peter Panacy, who lays out a scenario where the 49ers, Steelers and New England Patriots come together for a rare three-team trade.
- 49ers receive: Patriots 2022 Round 1 Pick (No. 21 overall)
- Steelers receive: Jimmy Garoppolo
- Patriots receive: 49ers 2022 Round 3 Pick (No. 93), Steelers 2022 Round 2 Pick (No. 52), Steelers 2023 Round 2 Pick
Pittsburgh gets their starting quarterback, the 49ers get into the first round while the Patriots receive three “day two” picks.
Despite missing two starts, the Niners nevertheless went 10-7 during the regular season, climbing out of a terrible 3-5 start and were just within minutes of winning the 2022 NFC Championship game.
Over 15 regular-season starts, Jimmy G completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions, all for a 98.7 passer rating.
His next team knows that they will have a proven winner.