INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 30: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers goes in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Christian Petersen/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/Getty Images via AFP)
Ever since the Cleveland Browns sold quarterback Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers, there have been suspicions that Cleveland could be the next target for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo, 30, has started 45 games for the 49ers over the past five seasons. Despite missing a lot of time with injuries, he was also surpassed on the 49ers’ depth chart by 2021 draft pick Trey Lance.
The Niners have a 31-14 record, with Garoppolo starting at quarterback and completing 67.7% of his passes, throwing 66 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. This all points to Garoppolo being a legitimate starting quarterback.
As for the Browns, they’re still awaiting the final word on Deshaun Watson’s suspension. A referee ruled that a six-game suspension would be enough, but the NFL has appealed that decision, raising the possibility that Watson could miss more time. hence the potential interest in Garoppolo to keep Cleveland competitive in 2022.
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Cleveland Browns (+200)
The Browns appear to be favorites for Jimmy G, in no small part due to their likely necessity at the position, but also because Cleveland has a chance to be a competitive team, so they should be motivated to make a good faith deal Starting quarterback after Watson’s suspension.
Seattle Seahawks (+350)
It would make perfect sense for the Seahawks to pick up Garoppolo because he’s better than the two quarterbacks fighting for the Seattle seed, Geno Smith or Drew Lock. Not only that, the Seahawks have a premier receiver pairing in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, so Garoppolo can potentially help the Seahawks avoid a fall this season if they’re interested in that result.
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Miami Dolphins (+400)
After the Dolphins acquired Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs, there were concerns that Dolphins third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa won’t have the arm to properly use Hill as a downfield threat. Changing course would be an important decision for the Dolphins, but the uncertainty at the position creates a potential opportunity.
Houston Texans (+550)
The Texans have the highest odds in the entire league of winning the Super Bowl this season and have no incentive to slightly improve on those results, starting quarterback in the NFL.
Los Angeles Rams (+750)
As reports continue to follow the progress of Matthew Stafford, the Rams quarterback who is dealing with an elbow problem, there’s a chance the problem will linger and if it becomes something Stafford would sideline in the long-term, the would like Rams may be defending their Super Bowl title with a proven veteran quarterback option. It could be a big challenge for the Rams to pull off that kind of trade with the 49ers, an NFC West Division rival.
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New York Giants (+750)
To start the season, the Giants sign Daniel Jones, the sixth pick in the 2019 draft, who resigned after showing some promise during his rookie campaign. Perhaps the Giants would be willing to move away from Jones, but turning to a 30-year-old Garoppolo isn’t necessarily a natural fit either.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1100)
Perhaps the Bucs would be interested in coming up with a succession plan for Tom Brady, as was to be done in New England. There have been enough reports that Brady was planning to join the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, but that deal fell through and the Bucs might like the idea of having an established NFL quarterback ready for the 2023 season should Brady face a new challenge want.
Atlanta Falcons (+1600)
Much like the Texans, there’s not much reason to think the Falcons want an established veteran quarterback, even though he’s most likely better than their current starter Marcus Mariota. The Falcons are too far from making such minor, last-minute upgrades.
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