While most think the 49ers will trade Jimmy Garoppolo this season, one NFL analyst sees compelling reason for San Francisco to keep him.
With only one year left on his contract in San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo is always on the verge of leaving 49ers after their surprise playoff.
The team has outlined Trey Lance as their future quarterback and has a limited opportunity to cash in on Garoppolo trading.
However, Adam Schefter appeared on the Ari Meirov NFL Show and made some strong arguments for why a trade is not a certain outcome.
Adam Schefter thinks the 49ers can keep Jimmy Garoppolo
The reckoning for SF must begin with whether Lance is ready to take on the starting role. He doesn’t seem to be in 2021 and Schefter isn’t sure he’ll be ready in 2022 either.
“Trey Lance is probably farther behind than people realize,” says Schefter. “Trey Lance is greener than people realize. Trey Lance is going to need more work than people realize. And they have a squad that can win right now.”
Schefter weighs the options from the 49ers’ perspective if they can get value for Garoppolo comparable to what the Jets got in the Sam Darnold trade: A second, fourth, and sixth round pick.
“You’re San Francisco now and you could say, Jimmy Garoppolo is definitely one of the most famous and respected players in our dressing room. We have him on contract this year for a very friendly $25 million limit. And if we play with him this year and we lose him after this year, we get a third-round starter in return,” said Schefter.
“So are you better off, playing this season with Jimmy while helping Trey get the training he still needs? Or are you better off trading him to call it number two, number four and number six? ”
The 49ers know that Garoppolo can win the playoffs with this roster. It’s unclear if Lance can do the same at this point.
“It’s still on the table that he can be moved and I think he believes he will be moved,” Schefter said. “I’m just giving you the other side that I don’t think is the padlock he’s going to be dealing with.”
If a team comes in with the first pick, things can change for the 49ers.
However, that calculation does not mean that San Francisco has given up on Lance. Schefter says the team is “still very high” about Lance. He only has a pedigree from a small school and only played one game in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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