Had the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo been unable to agree to a restructured contract this summer, a Super Bowl winner and contender this season were lurking as a possible destination for the veteran quarterback.
That surprise team was the Rams.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that “Garoppolo and the Rams had the makings of a deal if he was released by the Niners,” adding that the 49ers had no idea the Rams were looking into signing Garoppolo.
“It was going to be such a Rams move to make,” a member of the 49ers organization told Schefter. “Sean McVay and Kevin Demoff would have been basking in it.”
After Garoppolo agreed to a restructured contract to stay in San Francisco, the 49ers learned that the Rams were a possible destination for the veteran quarterback had he been released.
Garoppolo would have signed as a top-tier backup to Rams QB Matthew Stafford, who was limited with an elbow injury during training camp.
In 2021, Garoppolo appeared in 15 games for the 49ers and completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns.
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