49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo is Commanders Trade Fit after Russell Wilson Hauch
The Washington Commanders are looking for a quarterback, and Jimmy Garoppolo could be the answer.
According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, the commanders made “a strong offer” to acquire nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks. While Washington’s proposal was rejected, it signaled the franchise’s desire for a new signal caller in 2022.
Though the commanders’ defense took a significant step back last season, giving up the 11th total yardage in the NFL after conceding second-least in 2020, coach Ron Rivera’s team is poised to win now.
Up front, Washington has one of the most exciting receivers in the league in Terry McLaurin. Antonio Gibson, a former third-round pick, has emerged as a revelation in the running game, logging for 1,331 total yards in 2021.
But Washington was held back by underplay at the quarterback position. Taylor Heinicke appeared in 16 games last season, throwing for 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while posting an 85.9 passer rating. That ranked 23rd among NFL quarterbacks.
Last offseason, Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick as their veteran leader, but the journeyman suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1.
This is where Garoppolo comes into play.
In 15 games in 2021, Garoppolo threw for 3,810 yards, 20 points and 12 interceptions for a 98.7 passer rating. He wasn’t at his best in the postseason, completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 535 yards, two touchdowns and three picks. But he played through a torn ligament in his right thumb and a sprained throwing shoulder to lead San Francisco to the NFC Championship Game, where Washington hasn’t been since 1991.
Garoppolo has experience with a young, dynamic receiver like McLaurin when 49ers star Deebo Samuel turned All-Pro in his third season. Garoppolo has performed two deep postseason runs. He’s also a popular member of the dressing room and could be the face of a franchise still trying to polish its public image.
There are conflicting reports as to what the 49ers should expect in return for a Garoppolo trade, but San Francisco will no doubt look to replenish its draft capital. Washington currently owns six selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, including three in the top 75 — #11, #42, and #73.
Washington, who have played in one postseason game for the past six seasons, clearly need experienced leadership under the middle. The 49ers want to move to Garoppolo. Washington’s entry into the Garoppolo trade market would make sense for both teams.
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