Cleveland Browns Backup Quarterback Plan No. 1 – Jimmy Garoppolo
Last but certainly not least, Jimmy Garoppolo will be the last legit man standing after Watson is traded. The 49ers will have no issues with that, as his trade value will likely skyrocket. He only has one year left on his deal, so whoever trades for him will need to be confident in the ability to agree on an extension.
Remember, Garoppolo has only started one full season in his career. Injuries have been a huge issue, so anything you give up for him, could legitimately just be for one year if he has another serious injury.
Why is the market so hot on a guy that is always hurt? The guy knows how to win. In 47 career NFL starts, he is 33-14 with 71 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. He has a career completion percentage just below 68 percent and doesn’t make a ton of mistakes.
I’m not going to lie, I’m not sure how much of an upgrade that Garoppolo is to Mayfield because of the injuries, but I also know that it may just be time for the Browns and him to part ways. I truly believe too much damage has happened from the Watson pursuit, and things will never be the same.
Don’t expect the 49ers to trade him to Seattle who is a division rival, but a team like the Colts and Browns could both have an interest.
If the 49ers are wrong and no one will risk the injury history to give up a ton of assets for one year, Garoppolo’s price could decrease significantly the longer he is available.