We’ve all heard the Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors, and Garoppolo himself may be pulling for them to come true.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has a no-trade clause in his contract, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot if he actually wants to start anew somewhere else.
“Yes, Jimmy Garoppolo has a no-trade clause. He is also due $25.5 million in salary and bonuses,” wrote Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I believe he’ll be the 49ers’ starter this season. BUT … if there were a trade possibility, he would almost certainly waive the clause. Otherwise, he would not get that kind of money.”
It’s been just two years since Garoppolo led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. This season, though, was a different story. Garoppolo was injured for a large chunk of the year, and he even tried to play through the foot injury.
There also has been some recent buzz about the 49ers having some interest in New York Jets project Sam Darnold and Houston Texans star Deshaun Watson. Basically, there’s been no sense the 49ers are overly committed to Garoppolo.
That said, they don’t seem to have an overwhelming desire to trade him, either.
“The Niners will likely only trade Garoppolo if they can land one specific quarterback,” opined Steve DelVecchio of Larry Brown Sports. “Otherwise, they probably believe Jimmy G. gives them their best chance of contending next season.”