The next few days could determine Jimmy Garoppolo’s destiny.
When NFL teams trim rosters to 53 players on Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT, Garoppolo, who had a 31-14 record and four playoff victories in five seasons with the 49ers, is a likely candidate to be released.
Chris Simms, an NFL commentator, feels the 49ers and Garoppolo should continue their working relationship.
According to reports, the Seattle Seahawks are interested in Garoppolo because he would likely be a better quarterback than Geno Smith, who has started five NFL games since 2014.
However, Seattle’s prognosis for the 2022 NFL season is bleak as it undergoes reconstruction following a 7-10 season, which was the team’s worst single-season winning percentage since Pete Carroll became head coach in 2010.
The Houston Texans, who might not make the playoffs this year yet start 23-year-old Davis Mills at quarterback, are on the rise. In 11 starts during his promising rookie season, Mills passed for 2,664 yards and 16 touchdowns. Just as he would be on San Francisco’s depth chart behind Trey Lance, Garoppolo would probably be the backup quarterback behind a talented young quarterback if he ended up playing for Houston.
Garoppolo could be better off staying in San Francisco, even as the backup, as Simms contends. However, the analyst believes that the 49ers will gain by keeping Garoppolo.The 49ers have made it obvious that Lance will open the season as the team’s starting quarterback. Nate Sudfeld would serve as the backup quarterback if Jimmy Garoppolo were to be cut, with rookie Brock Purdy competing for a roster place.It appeared almost certain that Garoppolo and the 49ers would part ways for the duration of the offseason. However, trade possibilities vanished after Garoppolo had shoulder surgery in March, and San Francisco was unable to find a partner throughout training camp.
Would the 49ers really think about keeping Garoppolo in the Bay and renegotiating his contract?
Adam Schefter of ESPN thought about it last week.
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On Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s “NFL Live,” Schefter said, “The 49ers are going to have to determine whether or not they are willing to keep — yeah, keep — Jimmy Garoppolo.” ” And Jimmy Garoppolo will have to choose whether he wants to leave San Francisco and become a free agent, or whether he is willing to renegotiate his deal and stay in the city. How this turns out will be decided by both parties.
The best case scenario might be for both parties to cooperate and remain together for this season so that the 49ers can have a quality backup quarterback to Trey Lance.
Will the 49ers keep Garoppolo this season as a backup quarterback or cut him? By the deadline for the roster cut-down on Tuesday, things ought to be more evident.