There is no indication that the San Francisco 49ers are buying Jimmy Garoppolo as the start of the New Year in the NFL approaches.
But if the Niners are ultimately looking to trade Garoppolo, the quarterback would be willing to do his part to cut ties.
Garoppolo may not have a future in the Bay Area. The 49ers are able to exit Jimmy G’s contract this offseason without serious financial repercussions, and given his inconsistency, the franchise could ask for an upgrade below center. But if the Niners ultimately tend to leave Garoppolo, surely they’d rather try to return him for assets rather than release him outright.
One possible snag could be the no-trade clause in Garoppolo’s contract. But according to NBC Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, Garoppolo would not be opposed to give it up.
“Yes, Jimmy Garoppolo has a no-trade clause,” Maioicco tweeted on Sunday. “He also owes $ 25.5 million in salary and bonuses. I believe he will be the # 49ers starter this season. BUT… if there was a possibility of an exchange, he would almost certainly waive the clause. Otherwise, he wouldn’t get that kind of money.
It has to be imagined that the 49ers would only attempt to trade Garoppolo this offseason if they were convinced that a significant upgrade was realistic. Judging by the latest report on the ongoing Deshaun Watson saga, San Francisco might not have the opportunity to trade for Houston Texans quarterback. And if you take a look at all the other callers who might enter the QB carousel this spring, none are far better than Garoppolo.
That said, Garoppolo would likely have a number of suitors if the 49ers made him available. A reasonable landing point would be New England, as the Patriots currently rank among the league’s most needy quarterback teams and Garoppolo is quite familiar with the organization.
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