February 1, 2022

Ranking the 3 NFL Teams That Should Trade for 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo

After falling to the Rams in the NFC Championship, it appears as though Jimmy Garoppolo's time with the 49ers has come to a close. 

San Francisco traded up to select Trey Lance with the third overall pick in last year's draft, and it is clear that they will run with their young quarterback starting next season. Although Garoppolo took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2019 and was one game away from a second trip this season, they did not trade all of that draft capital to move up and take Lance for nothing. 

Garoppolo also dealt with injuries a lot this season and has a base salary of $24.2 million in 2022. If they have the chance to gain back some draft capital by trading Garoppolo, they absolutely will. 

Obviously, with Garoppolo's impending trade, that means it is time to rank the three-best landing spots for Garoppolo in 2022. We will also include the odds for each of the three landing spots thanks to the fine folks at Oddschecker.

3. Cleveland Browns (+1200)

The Browns are a longshot according to Oddschecker because of the natural connection between Cleveland and Kirk Cousins. More specifically, the connection between Cousins and head coach Kevin Stefanski, who spent a few years with Cousins in Minnesota.  

However, this should be considered one of the top landing spots for a few reasons. First of all, the relationship between Baker Mayfield and the Browns seems to be fractured beyond repair based on Mayfield's posts on social media and reports from those close to the team. Secondly, Mayfield is just not a franchise quarterback at this point in his career, and the Browns cannot waste another year of Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward, Nick Chubb, and this entire offensive line. 

All the Browns needed was for Mayfield to be a game manager as he was in 2020 when he lead the Browns to the AFC Divisional round. That is exactly what Garoppolo has been doing in San Francisco, and if he were to be the next quarterback for the Browns, they would be a legit Championship contender again. 

2. Washington Football Team (+400)

The Football Team (still a fire name) had four quarterbacks take a snap this season, and all four of them are not good. Ryan Fitzpatrick went down during the first game of the season, and Taylor Heinicke proved that his Wild Card performance against the Buccaneers last year was a fluke. 

Washington has the team to make a run, they just need a quarterback to take them over the top. Garoppolo is not going to turn Washington into the favorite in the NFC, but the dude just wins. He is 33-14 in his career, and that is exactly what the Football Team needs, a guy who just wins. 

The Football Team still needs to add a few pieces this offseason, and even if they trade for Garoppolo, their first-round selection could still be a quarterback. Garoppolo will also be one of the cheapest options on the market in terms of how much it will take to trade for him. I am not sure that he would not like going from one lame-duck situation to another, but that's just business baby. 

1. Pittsburgh Steelers (+300)

The Steelers and the Football Team are in similar positions. Both teams have a roster that can make a run, but both teams need a quarterback to take this team on a run. With the Ben Roethlisberger era officially over, the Steelers need a quarterback because Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins just won't cut it in Pittsburgh. 

Roethlisberger was as mediocre as you can get this last season, and the Steelers still found a way to sneak into the playoffs. I get that the AFC sucked this year outside the Bills, Chiefs, and apparently the Bengals, but they need to make a splash.

Again, like the Football Team, Pittsburgh is also in a position to draft a quarterback with their first-round pick. There is a lot of buzz around Kenny Pickett, and since he played his college ball at Pitt, he would already be beloved and be viewed as fixing the mistake of not taking the last great Pitt quarterback, Dan Marino. 

The offensive line still needs some work in Pittsburgh, but Garoppolo would extend the window of this current core for the Steelers. 

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