Report: Now ‘QB-Less’ Colts ‘should be in the mix’ for 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo via Trade


According to Ian Rapoportthe Indianapolis Coltswho currently needs a starting quarterback – just traded the “one-and-done” Carson Wentzshould ‘be in the mix’ for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo through trade:

With the 49ers’ first pick in 2021 Trey Lance expected to take over the starting reins in San Francisco, Garoppolo is expected to be traded to a quarterback team in need shortly – and he will have a disputed market, even after undergoing recent off-season shoulder surgery.

Garoppolo has thrown 301 of 441 (68.3%) for 3,810 passing yards, 20 passing touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 98.7 passer rating in 15 starts in 2021.

Although Garoppolo is not as physically gifted as Wentz, he possesses superior competitiveness and leadership “between the ears”. He’s an accurate passer, can handle the football and, unlike Wentz, isn’t afraid to launch easily under open throws and checks.

However, he can still push the ball down:

The “he’s just a winner” mantra is overstated, but Garoppolo’s 49ers have won at least the NFC title game in two of the past three seasons. He’s someone who plays smart enough and with enough precision to win, but would still need a strong supporting cast around him to make a deep run in the AFC playoffs.

For what it’s worth, Garoppolo’s name appeared in trade talks between the 49ers and Colts before– especially in previous DeForest Buckner negotiations in 2020, and the pair of general managers from both teams: Chris Ballard and John Lynch have a positive professional working relationship.

After recouping some of the lost draft capital in today’s Wentz trade, the Colts also have additional assets to help quickly accelerate a deal with San Francisco.


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