The 2022 NFL Draft is just two weeks away, and as of now, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is still a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
There have been rumors for months that the team was ready to walk away from him, and that they would trade him and hand over the keys to the franchise to Trey Lance.
For whatever reason, whether it was Garoppolo’s shoulder injury, the 49ers asking too much in return, or just a lack of interest, it hasn’t happened yet.
But the fact remains that he is an above average QB and there are a number of teams in the league that could use him to level up under center.
We’ll see that on a Jimmy Garoppolo daily next season pic.twitter.com/n7p3jBh5Uj
— Blake (@SteelersMafiaa) April 14, 2022
3. Seattle Seahawks
With the Russell Wilson era now over in the Puget Sound area, the Seattle Seahawks appear to be moving forward with Drew Lock as their new caller.
But is Lock really the man they want under center, especially when they still possess talent at skill positions like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett?
If Seattle really doesn’t rebuild, as several in the organization have claimed, it will need someone more capable than Lock, who has never thrown for more than 16 touchdowns or 3,000 yards in a single season.
Garoppolo has appeared in two of the last three NFC Championship games, as well as Super Bowl LIV, in which his team had a large fourth quarter lead.
With head coach Pete Carroll wanting to direct the football more and play a controlling style on offense, Garoppolo wouldn’t have too much adjustment to make with the Seahawks as Niners coach Kyle Shanahan used a stroke heavy scheme also.
2. New Orleans Saints
After missing out on Deshaun Watson earlier this spring, the New Orleans Saints decided to stick with Jameis Winston as their outgoing caller.
Winston led the NFL in passing yards in 2019 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he also threw a league-high 30 interceptions, and he doesn’t seem like a surefire long-term solution.
The Saints are said to want to move up in the draft in order to pick someone they hope will be their future quarterback.
Is the #Saints 16+19 package to switch to Malik Willis or Kenny Pickett? League sources say they are high on both QBs and will consider trading to secure one. ⚜️
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 11, 2022
If they do, why not acquire Garoppolo in the meantime and have him mentor their rookie QB, just like he mentored Lance last season?
With Alvin Kamara one of the best running backs in the game, as well as the return of All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas, Garoppolo could jump into managing the Saints offense knowing he would have assistance with skill positions.
The fact that New Orleans isn’t expected to do much in 2022 would also help him simply because there would be a lot less pressure on him than he faced in the bay.
1. New York Giants
The New York Giants are a mess from top to bottom, and incumbent quarterback Daniel Jones just isn’t cutting it.
As they try to find their next franchise QB to draft, possibly in the draft, why not take a chance on Garoppolo, if only as a placeholder?
The Giants may be lacking in skill-set talent, but at 30, if they recover very well and rebuild their squad with plenty of young talent, Garoppolo could help them get back into the playoffs shortly before to pass the baton. someone else to complete the job.