As the sun sets on the complicated, yet surprisingly successful 49ers 2021 campaign, the question of where Jimmy Garoppolo will play next has dominated several headlines since the end of the team’s season in the NFC Championship game.
Helping matters is the retirement of legends like Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger, which opens even more slots where QB starved teams would gladly love to fill with talent. Tampa was taken off that list when Brady decided to unretire on Sunday. Any team that acquires him should know he’s due $24.2 million, but it’s an expiring contract without guarantees.
According to one theory, one option could be trading Jimmy G to the Las Vegas Raiders. Bleacher Report’s Michelle Bruton posed the idea, seeing a future in which new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels decides to reunite with a player he knows well in Garoppolo.
“As McDaniels looks to install his offense in Las Vegas,” part of Bruton’s prediction reads. “Garoppolo may not be a long-term solution. But he could certainly help get things off the ground.”
If the Raiders make this deal, they would jump from Carr’s $19.9 million cap hit to Jimmy G’s $24.9 million hit. If Jimmy G could deliver a deep playoff run and possible Super Bowl appearance, that would be a great trade off that the franchise would love to take on.
Garoppolo was traded from the New England Patriots to the 49ers in 2017. The 49ers gave Garoppolo a five-year, $137.5 million contract in 2018
Garoppolo went 31-14 as the 49ers’ starting quarterback in the regular season. His durability was a question as he missed 25 possible starts in the regular season to injuries. The now veteran QB went 4-2 in the playoffs as the 49ers’ starter, but threw four touchdowns to six interceptions while averaging just 149 passing yards per game.
Jimmy G under center resulted in two trips to the conference championship and one to the Super Bowl.
The Raiders, meanwhile, have been to the playoffs just twice since losing in the Super Bowl to the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2002. That was also the last season when they won a playoff game.