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Mike Florio believes Kirk Cousins remains an option to replace Jimmy Garoppolo

© Kirby Lee | 2020 Jan 11

Here we go again.

Since Kyle Shanahan took over as 49ers head coach in 2017, rumor has it that his dream is to reunite with Kirk Cousins, the quarterback he coached with the Redskins from 2012-2013.

Those rumors continued even after the Niners acquired Jimmy Garoppolo late that season, but finally died down in 2019, when Garoppolo appeared to take a leap.

But the jury is back out on Jimmy G, and things aren’t exactly working out smoothly for Cousins in Minnesota. You know what that means.

“I think that the time to start evaluating options for 2021, even if they are going to stay the course with Jimmy Garoppolo, you still have to see what else is out there,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said on KNBR Tuesday morning.

“One guy I keep coming back to is Kirk Cousins. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Vikings are willing to part ways with Kirk Cousins after this season. If the 49ers would want to take on the Cousins contract and give the Vikings value, and Kyle Shanahan could finally be reunited with the guy that him and his dad drafted in 2012 in the fourth round.”

Cousins current contract pays him around $56 million over the next two seasons, but the 2022 year is not guaranteed. Garoppolo has around $48 million due over that same span, but none of it is guaranteed.

Cousins, 31, is three years older than Garoppolo, but posted the fourth best QB rating in football last year (107.4), while Garoppolo finished 8th (102).

So, 49ers fans, Cousins for Garoppolo? You like that?


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