There has been plenty of big news involving starting NFL quarterbacks this offseason, but it has been mostly quiet on the Jimmy Garoppolo front for the San Francisco 49ers. John Lynch is still looking to trade the veteran to make way for youngster Trey Lance, but no deal has come to fruition just yet.
The way PFT’s Mike Florio tells it, this is because Lynch is looking for an absurd amount in a Garoppolo trade. Florio reports the 49ers general manager is telling interested teams that he has an offer of two second-round picks on the table. Because a deal isn’t done yet, the assumption is he’s trying to get more.
This report seems somewhat hard to believe, even with previous reports suggesting Garoppolo could fetch a nice return. Two second-round picks for Garoppolo would be a coup, especially since he was acquired for just one second-round pick in 2017 and is an average starting quarterback. He also just underwent shoulder surgery and is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
The Indianapolis Colts were reportedly interested in Garoppolo before acquiring Matt Ryan, and Florio notes the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers as other possible options. The Seattle Seahawks could also be a destination, though the 49ers might not want to trade him in the division.
Of course, if a team like the Seahawks, or any other team for that matter, is actually offering a pair of second-round picks, Lynch should pull the trigger on that deal. That would be a total steal for Jimmy Garoppolo.