According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Seahawks have had internal discussions about the possibility of trading for 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Fowler was on SportsCenter Monday morning discussing the latest on Garoppolo’s potential whereabouts:
“A few executives I’ve spoke to believe the 49ers are a bit stuck here. They need Garoppolo to pass a physical coming off the shoulder surgery. They need to renegotiate his contract with that new team on that $24 million salary. And the pool of suitors right now seems to be pretty small.
Now a few things that are positive for San Francisco. I’m told Garoppolo’s recovery remains on schedule. He should start throwing now, and if he hasn’t already, he’ll do a ramp-up phase so he can eventually pass that physical.
And you have Seattle that’s still out there. They were sort of implicated in the Baker Mayfield situation, but didn’t make that move.
I’m told that internally, they have discussed the possibility of Garoppolo playing for them. They’ve done their film work to see how he would fit. Certainly tricky to do a trade inside of the NFC West. But the 49ers and Seattle know they can sort of wait this out.
The 49ers have limited cap space right now, I think around $5 million. They want to re-sign Nick Bosa and Deebo Samuel. To do that, they need some of Garoppolo’s base salary. Seattle probably knows that and maybe they won’t make a trade and wait for the 49ers to release him.
Outside of the Seahawks, there also aren’t many teams right now in need of a starting quarterback, which further limits the 49ers’ trade market for Garoppolo. The team can try to trade him, keep him on the roster, or just release him.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said several weeks ago he still expects Garoppolo to be traded at some point.
The 30-year-old is in the final year of that deal and slated to make a base salary of $24.2 million in 2022.
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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