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One season removed from a surprise appearance in the Super Bowl, Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers find themselves mired in mediocrity. © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports It appears the 49ers front office is not sold on Jimmy Garoppolo.
San Francisco enters Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at 3-3. More than any other NFL team, the 49ers have dealt with myriad injuries this season. That includes Garoppolo, who missed two games with a high ankle sprain.
We now have some more information on Garoppolo and his future with the 49ers, who could move on from the QB.
“It’s wait and see. He’s (Garoppolo) still under evaluation. It could go in a few different directions, and is it possible he’s not the guy next year? That’s fair,” CBS Sports Jason La Canfora reported Sunday. “I don’t think that’s lost on anybody.”
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A source close to the situation paints this picture. Does Kyle Shanahan want to exhaust $26.9 million in cap room on Garoppolo when the 49ers themselves are going to have a salary-cap problem? Remember, future Hall of Famers Trent Williams and Richard Sherman are slated to become free agents. By either releasing or trading Garoppolo, the 49ers would save north of $24 million in cap room.
What would a divorce with Garoppolo look like?
That’s the million-dollar question right now. Despite his inconstancies, Garoppolo would be seen as an upgrade for over half the NFL. He’s a winner. He led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. This leads me to believe that they could net something for Garoppolo in a trade.
Garoppolo contract situation
That leads me to this point. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers back in February 2018. At that time, it made Garoppolo the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history.
49ers can have 20% capacity at Levi's Stadium for rest of season
It’s pretty good news for the 3-3 49ers as they look to overcome some struggles at Levi’s Stadium throughout the first half of the 2020 NFL campaign. NEW: California is allowing fans at pro sports outdoor stadiums for the first time. County has to be orange tier or better. At first glance, means Niners can welcome back fans at 20% capacity — at least those who live within 120 miles.— Kevin Yamamura (@kyamamura) October 20, 2020 As noted in his report, Kevin Yamamura of Politico indicates that officials in Santa Clara will have some say.
However, the quarterback market continues to reset itself on a near-monthly basis. It was just this past offseason that Patrick Mahomes signed a 10-year extension with the Chiefs that could pay him north of $500 million. It’s in this that Garoppolo boasts the 11th-largest cap hit among NFL quarterbacks next season. That’s not too shabby for someone of his ilk.
Options if the 49ers move on from Garoppolo
It’s all dependent on how the remainder of the 2020 season plays out for the 49ers. Garoppolo, 28, has been pretty darn solid for the Niners since they acquired him in a trade with the New England Patriots during the 2017 NFL season. He boasts an absurd 21-7 record as a starter and has thrown twice as many touchdowns (46) than interceptions (23).
Even then, it’s readily apparent that the 49ers are not yet sold on him as the long-term face of the franchise. If that’s the case, San Francisco has options.
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In free agency, that would include former NFL MVP Cam Newton and potentially even Philip Rivers of the Indianapolis Colts. As for the trade market, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford could potentially become available. There’s also a chance the 49ers go with either current backup Nick Mullens or make a move for one of the top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Either way, Garoppolo is not settled in as the 49ers’ long-term solution under center. He’ll have to prove himself once again over the next 10 games.
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Football is the ultimate team game, but each team has players who stand out. Heading into the 2020 regular season, these NFL players at the best on their respective teams.
Arizona Cardinals: DeAndre Hopkins, WR
Hopkins hasn't played a down with the Cardinals yet, but he set the standard among wide receivers in Houston. He was an All-Pro in each of the last three seasons and had over 1,100 yards receiving in five of the last six years.
Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones, WR
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan deserves his props, but Jones has put together a surefire Hall of Fame career so far. Jones has made the Pro Bowl in six straight years and seven of the last eight seasons, leading the league in receiving yards twice during that time. He had 1,394 yards receiving on 99 receptions last year.
Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson, QB
The reigning NFL MVP, Jackson has proved many naysayers wrong with his ability to play quarterback at the highest level. He led the league with 36 touchdowns passes and also had over 1,200 yards rushing last year.
Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB
McCaffrey is one of the few running backs who is a true difference maker, leading the NFL in touches, yards from scrimmage, and touchdowns last season. He's recorded more than 100 receptions in back-to-back seasons and averaged at least 5.9 yards per touch in consecutive years.
Chicago Bears: Khalil Mack, OLB
Mack has made the Pro Bowl in five consecutive seasons, being named an All-Pro in three of them. Over that time he has 57.5 sacks, including 8.5 sacks last season.
Cincinnati Bengals: Geno Atkins, DT
Atkins is 32 but still going strong despite a loss of production last year. He had only 4.5 sacks but still made his eighth Pro Bowls in nine seasons and has three double-digit sack seasons over that time. While the Bengals like Atkins plenty, they're hopeful that some of their top offensive performers like Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, and A.J. Green can surpass him as the faces of the franchise this year.
Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE
Garrett was rewarded with a huge contract extension after recording 10 sacks in 10 games last season. He's become an elite pass rusher early in his career, with 30.5 sacks in 37 games.
Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott, QB
For all the talent Dallas has on offense, Prescott makes the team run. The quarterback had made the Pro Bowl twice in four years and threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. With another strong year, he's set to earn a huge contract.
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB
Stafford is only one Pro Bowl appearance to show for what has been a highly productive 11-year career in Detroit. He's thrown for more than 41,000 yards and was having a career year in 2019 before suffering a back injury at midseason. The Lions hope he can pick up where he left off.
Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers, QB
Rodgers is arguably the best quarterback of his generation and still going strong. The two-time MVP led the Packers to a 13-3 regular season record last year, with 26/4 TD/INT for the year. At age 36, he's as efficient as ever.
Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB
Watson has made the Texans a contender over the last two years, going a combined 21-10 during the regular season and also showing some success in the playoffs. He made the Pro Bowl in each of those seasons, proving to be a major threat with his arm and his legs.
Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson, OG
Only two years into his career, Nelson is arguably the best offensive lineman in the NFL. He's been an All-Pro in back-to-back seasons and has yet to miss a game as a dominant pass protector and run blocker.
Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Chark, WR
The Jaguars are hopeful quarterback Gardner Minshew can prove he's a franchise player this year. Last year he helped Chark realize his potential, making the Pro Bowl after recording 73 catches for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games.
Las Vegas Raiders: Rodney Hudson, OC
Hudson is a highly-compensated center who has been one of the league's best offensive linemen since he joined the Raiders in 2015. He's made three Pro Bowls in the last four years, and has been the most consistent part of a very good offensive line.
Los Angeles Chargers: Joey Bosa, DE
Bosa was rewarded with a huge contract in training camp as one of the top defensive players in the NFL. He's recorded double-digit sacks in three of his four seasons and made the Pro Bowl twice, including last year. He has 40 sacks in four NFL seasons thus far.
Los Angeles Rams: Aaron Donald, DT
Donald is the scariest defensive player in football, with two Defensive Player of the Year Awards and five consecutive All-Pro designations. He has a whopping 72 sacks in his six NFL seasons, and has led the league in tackles for loss in each of the last two years. The Rams have their fair share of stars, but Donald's performance stands out.
Miami Dolphins: DeVante Parker, WR
If the 2019 version of Parker is real, he's an elite wideout in the NFL. The former first-round pick finally reached his potential in his fifth season, accumulating 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns.
Minnesota Vikings: Danielle Hunter, DE
The Vikings have excellent offensive players like Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen, but Hunter has become an elite defensive end over the last two years. He's made consecutive Pro Bowls with 14.5 sacks in both seasons, and also recorded at least 70 tackles both years.
New England Patriots: Stephon Gilmore, CB
Gilmore was an All-Pro for the first time in 2018 and was even better last year, winning Defensive Player of the Year. He led the NFL with six interceptions and 20 passes defensed, and didn't allow any touchdowns during the entire regular season.
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees, QB
Brees will be in the Hall of Fame soon after he retires, but he's shown he has a lot left. The all-time leader in completion percentage, Brees has completed at least 72 percent of his passes in each of the last three years and had 27/4 TD/INT in 11 regular season games in 2019. He's also found an elite wide receiver late in his career with Michael Thomas.
New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB
The Giants received criticism for using the second overall pick in the 2018 draft on Barkley instead of a quarterback. While that was valid criticism, Barkley has established himself as one of the most talented players at his position in two seasons. He won Offensive Rookie of the Year and led the NFL in yards from scrimmage in 2018, and he continued to produce last year with 1,441 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns in 13 games.
New York Jets: Le'Veon Bell, RB
Bell's first year performance in New York certainly didn't show the elite ability we've seen from him in the past, but his upside remains one of the highest on the team in 2020 following the trade of star safety Jamal Adams. Bell has produced more than 1,800 yards from scrimmage three times during his career and hopes to get back on track this year after the Jets improved their offensive line.
Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB
Wentz has struggled to stay healthy in four seasons, but he's a top quarterback when he's on the field. He was the frontrunner to win the MVP in 2017 until suffering a knee injury late in the year. Wentz had another very good year in 2019 despite poor support from his wide receivers, with over 4,000 yards passing and 27 touchdowns.
Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, OLB
Watt has made a lot of noise since he entered the NFL in 2017, and has quickly become the second player in his family to become a defensive star behind his brother, J.J. Watt. T.J. had 34.5 sacks in three seasons, including 14.5 sacks last year. He also led the NFL with eight forced fumbles on one of the league's top defenses.
San Francisco 49ers: Richard Sherman, CB
The 49ers great defensive line gets most of the headlines, but Sherman's great play from last year can't be understated. The nine-year veteran returned to the Pro Bowl after a two-year hiatus, with three picks and 61 tackles while also holding receivers to less than six yards per target. He also remains the leader of the San Francisco defense.
Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson, QB
Wilson is on the short list of the best quarterbacks in the league, but the Seahawks have underutilized him recently. He's finished with a winning record in all eight of his NFL seasons and made his sixth Pro Bowl last year. Wilson threw more than 30 touchdowns for the third straight year and averaged 8.0 yards per attempt.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR
In an offense loaded with weapons, no one has been more consistent than Evans. Through six NFL seasons, he's accumulated more than 1,000 yards each year and made his third Pro Bowl in four years during 2019. Evans has also scored 48 touchdowns in his career.
Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry, RB
Henry is one of the few running backs in the NFL who can carry his team on his back, as he did for the Titans last year. He led the league in carries, rushing yards, and rushing touchdowns, and had 446 yards rushing in three playoff games to lead Tennessee to the AFC Championship Game.
Washington Football Team: Landon Collins, S
Collins is coming off a down year, his first in Washington, but he remains an elite safety. The former Giant made the Pro Bowl in 2016-2018 and has recorded more than 100 tackles in four of his five NFL seasons.
49ers still view Jimmy Garoppolo as their QB of the future? .
The Niners will have paid out all of the guaranteed money on Garoppolo’s contract by the start of the 2021 league year, which means they will have the option of releasing him next season.Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network said this week that he has been told the 49ers still view Garoppolo as their quarterback of the future. Although, San Francisco is expected to enter the draft with an open mind at the position and would not pass up an opportunity to draft a QB early. Pauline compares the situation to what happened with the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round this year despite having Carson Wentz.