The two questions on the mind of every 49ers fan this offseason are who will Jimmy Garoppolo be traded to, and how much will a team trade for him.
That’s been a tricky question to try to answer. And although Garoppolo has his flaws, NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco believes San Francisco could net a “pretty good draft haul” for the 30-year-old passer.
“When you look at the typical, annual NFL quarterback market, Jimmy Garoppolo, to me this year, is a better commodity than Carson Wentz was a year ago,” Maiocco said. “He’s a better commodity than Sam Darnold was a year ago. And look at what they fetched on the trade market.”
The Eagles traded Wentz for a third round pick and a conditional second rounder that turned into a first based on Wentz’ performance. Carolina dealt three picks — a sixth rounder, second rounder and third rounder — to New York for Darnold.
The market for quarterbacks is different every year, but SF could receive a similar package to either of those for Garoppolo. Potential suitors include the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Commanders.
Garoppolo said he expects some movement within the next few weeks, a timetable Maiocco said is realistic. Maiocco also noted the no-trade clause in his contract doesn’t apply with the new league year in 2022.
Any deal would also likely require the acquiring team to negotiate — with San Francisco’s permission — new terms to the quarterback’s contract. Teams may also want to bring in Garoppolo for a workout to gauge the severity of the thumb injury that hampered him for the final three weeks of the season.
“Things could happen pretty quickly,” Maiocco said. “It would not surprise me at all if something were to happen with Jimmy Garoppolo here in the next couple weeks.”
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