The San Francisco 49ers are expected to trade veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, and the timing couldn't be any better for them should they push through with it.
Apparently, Garoppolo's trade value is quite high, with NFL insider John Middlekauff claiming that the 49ers have received an offer as high as a second round pick for the 30-year-old signal-caller. Middlekauff pointed out that the Khalil Mack trade for a second-rounder, the expected QB competition in free agency and the fact there is no high-upside QB in the draft only help in boosting the trade value of Jimmy G.
“I would say if they got a three and a two, how is that humanly possible?” Middlekauff said on his podcast with Guy Haberman, per 49ers Webzone. “Listen, I got a text yesterday that someone told them—and they're like, ‘I even think it's crazy'—that there's a two on the table.
“Khalil Mack just got traded for a two, and I get that quarterbacks are much more important than pass rushers, and there's a supply-and-demand issue. There's also a draft issue. … Props to the Niners if they're able to pull that s–t off.”
To be fair, Jimmy Garoppolo might be quite undervalued by some. While he has been criticized for his inconsistent play, he was still able to lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship twice and to the Super Bowl game once in the past three years. Simply put, he has proven the ability to win. That was certainly highlighted when they went as far as the conference title game in 2021 despite a rather poor campaign.
Of course with Trey Lance in the fold, the 49ers have been rumored to be leaning on trading Garoppolo. The team is said to be not seriously considering holding onto the veteran despite what other reports suggest, especially with Lance seemingly ready to take over.
It remains to be seen what the Niners can truly get should they trade Garoppolo, but if rumors are true, then they will surely not have a hard time parting ways with him. Not only will it be beneficial for them in the long run, but they'll also get to start the Lance era on a better note.