49ers Expected Commanders To Trade For Jimmy Garoppolo; Browns Interested In FA Deal – profootballrumors.com

49ers Expected Commanders To Trade For Jimmy Garoppolo;  Browns Interested In FA Deal - profootballrumors.com

Compared to the offseasons before the 2020s, this decade has brought more movement among veteran quarterbacks. While the 49ers are now thankful that their efforts to become part of this year’s action-packed QB carousel failed, because Trey Lance is out for the seasonthey waited Jimmy Garoppolo end up somewhere else.

John Lynch said he spoke to multiple teams at the Combine about moving the longtime San Francisco QB1. One of those seems to be the Commanders. During the early part of Garoppolo’s complex year, before his shoulder surgery, the 49ers believed the Chiefs would be the team to trade for the ninth-year passer, according to ESPN.com’s Tim Keown and Nick Wagoner.

With Ron Rivera indicating the Commanders pursued several veteran QBs that offseason — one that included three-unit round bid for Russell Wilson – it’s pretty clear Garoppolo was on the team’s radar. But shoulder surgery in March — a procedure Garoppolo’s camp believed he could avoid — changed everything, leading to a month-long marketing shutdown.

Teams were concerned about Garoppolo’s schedule and his willingness to take a pay cut, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe notes (subscription required). Barely a week after it became known Garoppolo would undergo shoulder surgery, Washington moved on to Carson Wentzgetting the former No. 2 overall pick for two Day 2 draft picks and a 2022 second-round pick trade.

Such a move would have been a coup for the 49ers, who were eyeing the prospect of releasing Garoppolo. But the 49ers’ Super Bowl hopes again depend on their injury-plagued starter remaining available. Garoppolo’s 2018 ACL tear didn’t seem to derail a Super Bowl threat, but his 2020 ankle ailment certainly hurt one. The 30-year-old’s three injuries last season (calf, thumb, shoulder) limited him at points, with the latter two issues plaguing him in the playoffs.

It was right in the middle of training camp, [Kyle Shanahan] kind of just called me in one day and threw the idea away, and it really wasn’t even on my radar until he said something about it.,” Garoppolo said of the team’s offer to bring him back on a restructured deal, via Albert Breer or SI.com. “And then he kind of arranged it and obviously the redesign is like that, I think it had to be done right with the situation. I know it sounds weird, but things just kind of fell into place, honestly. It wasn’t like I planned on this or anything.

… I mean, honestly, at one point, I didn’t think I was going to be a Nine. I was pretty determined to go to a few different teams that I had in mind. And then suddenly things changed at the last second.”

Lynch initially approached Shanahan about circling back to Garoppolo, according to ESPN, but the six-year HC didn’t expect Garoppolo to accept a backup role or a restructuring that reduced his salary. Garoppolo was set to make $24.2MM in base salary; that number drops to $6.5MM. But the incentive package that can move the deal to $15.45MM already started paying. Garoppolo gets $250K for every game in which he takes at least 25% of the offensive snaps. Every game in which that click threshold is met and the 49ers win produces another $100K.

If the restructuring didn’t happen and a Garoppolo release did happen, ESPN adds that the Browns were prepared to explore a free agency addition. Conflicting reports have emerged about Cleveland’s interest in adding Garoppolo as better Deshaun Watson fillable option, with the five-game addition to the suspension of the new Browns starter sparking these rumors. Although the 49ers gave other teams permission to negotiate a revised agreement with Garoppolo, the Browns joined the rest of the NFL in being unwilling to part with assets for him. The Rams were interested in a possible Garoppolo free agency deal; the Seahawks probably were too interested in such an agreement. Instead, Garoppolo reemerged to lead the 49ers to a lopsided win over Seattle.

Jacoby Brissett will be asked to complete the 11-game bridge to Watson, while Wentz is still on the Eagles’ extension he signed in 2019. The Commanders signed him through 2024, though no guaranteed money is in the deal beyond this season. Garoppolo is on track for free agency in 2023.

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