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The San Francisco 49ers blockbuster regained the upper hand in 2021 The NFL draft from No.12 to third pick sent shockwaves through the worldof football.
It's now more than clear that San Francisco is on the hunt for a future quarterback after relinquishing three first-round picks and one third-round pick to join the Miami Dolphins.
Whether it's Justin Fields, Trey Lance or Mac Jones with the third pick, it also raises major questions about Jimmy Garoppolo 's Future with the 49ers .
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch spoke about this in a post-trade press conference with the media earlier in the week. In the process, they went out of their way to support Garoppolo.
"Jimmy does" wasn't totally excited about it, but he did well like he always does, "said Shanahan. " We always plan on him driving us and doing as far as he can with him.
First of all, it's no surprise that Garoppolo isn't excited that San Francisco is abandoning the farm to find his possible replacement. Would you be happy if your employer brought in a younger, more talented person to train behind you while paying back to hire that person? I do not think so.
Second, the leaders of the 49ers made sure to note that Shanahan spoke with Garoppolo immediately after the successful deal. Lynch spoke to the besieged quarterback later in the day.
This is important as a part of the conversation focused on San Francisco's excitement about the free agency and the idea of relaunching it with Garoppolo for the 2021 season.
"The post was what we were doing, why we did it and how it doesalways part of our plans, "Lynch told reporters." I think these conversations should be kept private, but Jimmy, he welcomes the competition.
Whether this was all aimed at supporting Garoppolo individually or in a potential trade remains to be seen. But there are a ton of factors here.
The Jimmy Garoppolo contract is a major story
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Signing of a five-year extension of 137.5 million in February 2018, Garoppolo, 29, is expected to have $ 26.4 million against the cap next season. Right now, that would be the sixth-highest cap among NFL quarterbacks.
- Aaron Rodgers: $ 37.2 million
- Russell Wilson: $ 32.0 million
- Kirk Cousins: $ 31.0 million
- Ryan Tannehill: $ 29.5 million
- Matt Ryan: $ 26.9 million
There is no objective person who thinks Garoppolo is worth this type of cap hit. Despite this, the 49ers' ownership group agreed to pay him cash in 2021 while employing a highly drafted rookie quarterback.
Salary cap situation for S 49ersan Francisco
Lynch and Co. entered a free agency without a lot of money to spend under the 2021 NFL salary cap. A lot of this had to do with the drop in revenue created by the COVID pandemic -19.
Thanks to the expertise of Team President Paraag Marathe in capping, San Francisco was able to retain a large majority of its target free agents while adding depth to the roster. It was no small feat.
All the while, San Francisco has budgeted for the cap Garoppolo's $ 26.4 million hitting. We now know why. Restructuring said contract while lowering his 2021 max count would have tied the quarterback to those 49ers for beyond next season, at least. 'a financial point of view.
Right now the 49ers can free or trade Garoppolo with onlyent $ 2.8 million. If they made this move after the 2021 season, Lynch and Co. would save $ 25.6 million over the 2022 cap. Any restructuring would have changed that in a big way. 49ers might be looking to get value in a Jimmy Garoppolo trade
Let's look at optics during Alabama's Pro Day this week. The San Francisco Brass were on hand in Tuscaloosa to watch first-round prospect quarterback Mac Jones practice. The same can be said of New England Patriots head coach and senior decision maker Bill Belichick.
So, it's rather interesting that Lynch, Shanahan, and Belichick were seen on Professional Day chatting.
There is an obvious backdrop here. New England's interest in reacquiring Garoppolo after trading him to San Francisco in the middle of the 2017 season is now well known .
They could discuss the weather in Alabama. Maybe Belichick really wants to know what is the taste of Lynch's coffee. Okay, that's no fun when it comes to speculation during the silly NFL time.
Even then, the 49ers made it official their trade with the Miami Dolphins at BYU Pro Day, while Zach Wilson was training in Utah. Business is done at these annual events. It's not just about watching a prospect.
By supporting Garoppolo and talking about him as their likely Week 1 starter, the 49ers are sending a clear message to New England. A trade won't come cheap. Shanahan l 's made it quite clear in his comments about the will de San Francisco to listen to the offers.
"Yeah that's right with all the players on our squad. I mean, pro bably including myself," Shanahan said when asked if the 49ers would consider swap Jimmy Garoppolo. "If someone wows us with a swap for me, I bet John would swap me. I mean, definitely.
The moral of this story? San Francisco is more than fine to enter week 1 with an unnamed rookie supporting Garoppolo. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
The risk of trading Jimmy Garoppolo
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Shanahan made it clear during the post-transaction press that he wouldn't feel comfortable heading into the season with a rookie starting the 49ers. He firmly believes San Francisco remains in the Super Bowl contention despite last season's six-game winning performance marked by injury.
"We're in a situation where when you bring in a rookie quarterback, for me it's always better, especially in the squad you have, if you have a veteran pBut there is already who you love and who you are comfortable with winning, ”the head coach told reporters. "This is usually the direction you want to go and not throw someone else into the fire until they are quite ready." This is the situation we find ourselves in.
Unlike the story launched there ( myself included ) during free agency, the 49ers weren't looking at backup scenarios for Garoppolo. They were instead targeting potential transition options to start before a rookie quarterback. More profitable options to be clear.
This included Andy Dalton, Mitchell Trubisky and Ryan Fitzpatrick. San Francisco 's interest in Deshaun Watson before allegations of explosive sexual assault notwithstanding, this is what the team was doing behind the scenes.
Garoppolo's trading risk is now more magnified. While Shanahan firmly believes that a rookie quarterback cannot lead the 49ers into the Super Bowl fight, the free agent options remaining at the quarterback are not conducive to a trade with Garoppolo. Alex Smith and Robert Griffin III? Yeah, it doesn't.
It is possible that San Francisco is looking into the commercial market. He is firmly engaged with new Jags head coach Urban Meyer, who is expected to select Clemson product Trevor Lawrence No.1 overall at the end of April.
Minshew, 24 years old,is expected to count less than $ 2 million against the cap over the next two years. He's been successful in the past and could possibly be picked for a mid-round pick.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota becomes another option after restructuring his contract. This restructuring was accompanied by a no-trade clause. But it doesn't take a genius to realize he would forgo said clause if that meant being a starter in 2021 rather than backing Derek Carr.
These are the only two realistic options the 49ers have if they choose to trade Jimmy Garoppolo. Obviously, that depends on whether Shanahan and Lynch aren't comfortable starting a Week 1 recruit.
Bottom Line: It's Smokescreen 's season in the NFL, and the 49ers are a part of it
This is the biggest takeaway. Sure the 49ers will be dead We are delighted to enter Week 1 with Garoppolo as a starter and a talented rookie learning behind him for a season.
Heck, there's a chance Garoppolo will return to 2019 form and lead San Francisco to the playoffs. That would only improve the quarterback's commercial value over the next season, which is no small feat given the 49ers' lack of draft pick following last week's blockbuster.
That would be an ideal scenario. That said, there are certainly other factors to consider.
Garoppolo's cap number 2021 acts as a handcuff. The Patriots ' reported interest in him could lead San Francisco to receive a voucher return for this year's draft. By that I mean a midrange pick and change. In turn, Garoppolo is apparently not happy with the successful trade. That too could play a part in the process decision making of the 49ers.
Right now everything is a smokescreen. We have absolutely no idea what the 49ers are thinking. The level of shock and the lack of leaks within the San Francisco organization leading to successful business with Miami adds even more credibility to this.