The 49ers have preached patience with the Jimmy Garoppolo situation. They might not have to wait much longer to have a chance to send him elsewhere.
While they could technically cut him at any time to save $25.5 million off the salary cap, the 49ers said they don’t wanna give him away for nothing. Five preseason games took place around the league Friday night and it didn’t take long for an injury to happen, as second-year New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson injured his knee on a scramble.
So, could Jimmy G reunite with Jets coach Robert Saleh, the former 49ers defensive coordinator?
Despite rampant Twitter speculation that Wilson tore his ACL, Saleh said that the team will know more when they get results from Wilson’s MRI on Saturday.
If the Jets lose Wilson for an extended period of time, they’d be handing the reins of the offense to 37-year-old veteran backup Joe Flacco or unproven reserves like Mike White and Chris Streveler. Garoppolo could probably be viewed as an upgrade for the Jets, who currently have about $8.9 million of cap space according to Over The Cap. Garoppolo is due to make a $24.2 million base salary this season, so the Jets might have to do some financial finagling if they want to acquire him via trade.
Outside of the Jets, the Cleveland Browns also seem like a possible destination for Garoppolo, given Deshaun Watson is facing a suspension of at least six games due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Garoppolo wasn’t spotted on the sidelines during Friday’s game in Santa Clara, as Trey Lance debuted by going 4-of-5 for 92 yards and a score while playing the first two series of the game. The Lance Era begins now, but the 49ers would love to get some clarity on the Jimmy G situation as soon as possible. Stay tuned to see if he ends up in the Big Apple.