As all signs point to Jimmy Garoppolo’s time with the San Francisco 49ers coming to an end, multiple teams have been rumored to be interested in getting him. Apparently, one of those teams is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are looking for Tom Brady’s replacement.
According to Matt Lombardo of FanSided, there are expectations around the league that the Buccaneers, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, will make a “strong push” to acquire Garoppolo from the 49ers via trade.
Following Brady and Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement, adding a veteran presence like Garoppolo as a bridge to a quarterback yet to be drafted just might be the kind of move to keep the Buccaneers near the top of the NFC playoff picture and the Steelers a force in the AFC North.
The Buccaneers have been recently linked with 2022 draft prospect and Pittsburgh Panthers standout Kenny Pickett as Tom Brady’s successor, but as Lombardo noted, they might be inclined to have a veteran QB like Jimmy Garoppolo to mentor him.
Garoppolo had a rather up-and-down season with the 49ers, but he did prove he can still play in the big games and be a stabilizing force when needed. However, since San Francisco is expected to finally give Trey Lance the reins, his time with the team might just be over.
The 30-year-old QB is believed to want to be part of a winning team, though it is unknown if teams can meet the 49ers’ asking price.
Regardless, the Buccaneers, Steelers and Broncos are worth keeping an eye on as they resolve their respective quarterback situations.