The Most Realistic Trade, Free-Agent Landing Spots for Jimmy Garoppolo

In an announcement that should surprise no one, Jimmy Garoppolo confirmed that the San Francisco 49ers are working on trades that would see the quarterback wearing a new uniform next season.

The Sacramento Bee’s Chris Biderman relayed the news Tuesday afternoon.

Garoppolo has been considered a lame duck since the 49ers made a splash ahead of the 2021 draft, giving up four picks—including a trio of first-rounders—to move up nine spots, eventually landing Trey Lance at No. 3 overall.

While Garoppolo retained his starting job for the 2021 campaign, it’s been widely expected that the 30-year-old would be dealt this offseason regardless of how San Francisco fared in the postseason.

With the Niners clearly ready to forge ahead with Lance under center after their elimination in the NFC Championship Game this past weekend, here is a look at five teams Jimmy G could land with for the 2022 season.


Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are in dire need of talent up and down the roster after stumbling through a predictably tough 2021 season.

Acquiring a proven quarterback like Garoppolo could jump-start the team’s rebuilding efforts.

Houston used a third-rounder on Davis Mills last year, but the Stanford product had a trying rookie campaign.

Mills was thrust into the starting lineup after starter Tyrod Taylor went down, and the results were mixed.

While the 23-year-old completed a respectable 66.8 percent of his passes for 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns, he also threw 10 interceptions, took 31 sacks and went just 2-9 in his 11 starts.

Although the Texans aren’t projected to contend next season, acquiring a quarterback of Garoppolo’s caliber would lock a significant piece of the rebuilding puzzle into place.

If the Texans decide Mills isn’t the right player to lead the franchise forward, Garoppolo could help right the ship while the club works to land a high-end prospect in one of the upcoming drafts.

There is familiarity between Garoppolo and Houston’s brass, as general manager Nick Caserio was working as director of pro personnel under Bill Belichick when the club took the Eastern Illinois product in the second round of the 2014 draft.

That connection could help the Texans secure Garoppolo despite the QB’s desire to land with a winning team.

With four picks within the first 80 selections of the 2022 draft, Houston has no shortage of capital to make a deal happen.

Given the amount of turbulence surrounding the Texans in recent years, adding a reliable game-manager like Garoppolo would do wonders for the organization.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Ben Roethlisberger era recently came to an end in Pittsburgh, with the longtime signal-caller officially hanging up his cleats after 18 seasons.

Unfortunately for the Steelers, there is no viable succession plan in place.

Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins—the only other quarterbacks on Pittsburgh’s roster at the end of the 2021 campaign—haven’t proved to be long-term options under center.

Pittsburgh may use the No. 20 pick on a quarterback, but this year’s class leaves much to be desired. Even if the Steelers do expend an early selection on a signal-caller, they could still bring in a veteran to serve as a bridge quarterback.

Garoppolo proved more than capable of doing exactly that, guiding San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game for the second time in three years despite Lance lurking behind him all season.

Author: Lucy Green