Jimmy Garoppolo was given clearance to seek a trade, but if the 49ers release him, a dark horse team would make a lot of sense signing him.
Just when it seemed like the quarterback market had died down with the start of league training camp, news broke that the San Francisco 49ers had agreed Jimmy Garoppolo and his agents permission to seek a bargain.
However, the reality of the situation is that it is unlikely that a team will take this trade. The most logical target would be the Seattle Seahawks, but it seems far-fetched that San Francisco would trade him within the division. That being said, probably not many teams would be willing to take on a $26.95 million cap hit for someone who would likely be a backup.
Because of that, the end of this story — once Garoppolo fully heals from shoulder surgery and passes a physical — is that the 49ers will release the quarterback as they would only receive one $1.4 million dead cap hit. That would put him on the open market.
While the Seahawks would be very strong in the game there, as well as some other teams, there’s one dark horse landing spot that shouldn’t be overlooked: the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys could be Jimmy Garoppolo’s target if the 49ers release QB
One of the big keys for Garoppolo, should he get the free hand, is that no team signing him can threaten the dressing room or his starter’s position by damaging Jimmy G.
That wouldn’t be a problem with the cowboys. This is Dak Prescott’s team, and there are exactly zero questions about it. Garoppolo would come as a backup if he wanted, something that could be beneficial for both Dallas and Garoppolo.
As of now, the backup in Dallas is Cooper Rush. While he’s fine (and no more), that’s a little insurance should Prescott get hurt. Garoppolo would be able to step into a roster reportedly looking for another run to the playoffs and not take anything away from offense.
For Garoppolo, it would give him a target where he would recover and, considering he would likely sign a one-year deal, then come back to market in the 2023 off-season with his health intact and a resume to speak for could come himself.
That’s not to say Garoppolo is a foregone conclusion after Dallas. They wouldn’t even be considered the favorites to land the quarterback. However, it has to be said that the fit would make a lot of sense and is something both parties would need to investigate should Jimmy G end up being released by the 49ers.
https://fansided.com/2022/07/24/jimmy-garoppolo-rumors-cowboys-dark-horse-sign/ 1 Dark Horse Team makes sense if QB is released