Over the last year, Jimmy Garoppolo has remained on shaky ground with the San Francisco 49ers. The chatter around the situation has only become more prominent after San Francisco elected to move up in this year’s draft. All that may not have opened the door for Garoppolo to return where it all started.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with the 49ers remains uncertain
Since the 49ers’ loss in Super Bowl 54, there has remained a lingering doubt around Jimmy Garoppolo‘s future.
San Francisco has only further fueled that notion with non-committal responses concerning his tenure. The team also hasn’t moved to extend his current contract as he’s in the fourth year of his five-year, $137.5 million deal.
Garoppolo’s deal has only become more team-friendly, with the dead-cap hit dropping to $2.8 million in 2021 and $1.4 million in 2022. San Francisco further complicated the situation after trading up to the third overall pick in this year’s draft.
There is now a growing expectation that the 49ers will take a quarterback, likely between Alabama’s Mac Jones and Ohio State’s Justin Field. All that those factors have ramped up the dialogue around Garoppolo’s expected eventual departure.
Jimmy Garoppolo may finally end his 49ers’ dilemma with help from a familiar place
Since the 49ers initially voiced uncertainty around Jimmy Garoppolo’s long-term future, the Patriots have lingered as a possible landing spot.
It was no secret that head coach Bill Belichick grew quite fond of Garoppolo during his time with the franchise. However, the team had to move him as Tom Brady wasn’t showing any notable decline in his performance.
With the 49ers continuing to waffle with Garoppolo this offseason, it has sprung forth chatter around the chance of a reunion. Dale Arnold of NESN stirred the pot a bit on Wednesday, voicing that New England may be angling to garner a new deal for the 28-year-old in a potential trade.
Shortly following that report, Jeff Howe of The Athletic stated there is “nothing happening” between the Patriots and Garoppolo at this point. Arnold’s reporting may not be entirely the case, but it’s hard to ignore that the 49ers are open to moving him if the right deal is there.
The Patriots could very well be the eventual landing spot at some point down the line. If anything, the ongoing chatter further underlines the ticking clock with his time in San Francisco.
New England holds an uncertain future with its quarterback situation
The Patriots may have brought back Cam Newton for another season, but their quarterback situation is far from resolved.
New England’s decision to give Newton a one-year deal leaves the door open for the franchise to move in another direction. Meanwhile, the franchise hasn’t exactly shown tremendous confidence in Jarrett Stidham as their long-term answer under center.
There are rumblings that the Patriots may potentially move up in this year’s draft to snag a quarterback. New England is keeping their options open, which could very well include a run at reacquiring Garoppolo.
It hasn’t exactly been a mad scramble from the Patriots to sort out the situation, but it’s an area that the team needs a firm direction. Garoppolo could undoubtedly be the answer, but only time will tell on that front.
Until then, the Patriots have several options that can help them finally reach a resolution that puts the franchise back on track.