Could the Seahawks and 49ers pull off a Jimmy Garoppolo trade?

While an in-division quarterback trade is very rare, the Seahawks may be the only contender for Garoppolo at this point. Could a deal happen?

SEATTLE — With the Carolina Panthers traded for Baker Mayfield, there’s really only one team that might still want to shake up their QB depth chart for a potential starter, and that’s the Seattle Seahawks, who Russell Wilson is selling to Denver this offseason and QB Drew received a ban in return alongside other assets.

The last starting caliber quarterback currently in limbo is 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Niners are expected to select Trey Lance in the 2021 first round in the upcoming 2021 season, and their intention to reschedule Garoppolo has been well reported over the past five months. The 30-year-old QB guided the 49ers to one Super Bowl appearance and another AFC Championship Game appearance last season.

However, Garoppolo is coming from off-season shoulder surgery and will cost over $25 million in the upcoming season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Would Seattle attempt to make that move? Locked On Seahawks podcast host Corbin Smith joined Peter Bukowski on Locked On Sports Today to share his thoughts.

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“I think in terms of involvement in trade talks I would go less than 1%,” Smith told Locked On Sports Today. “I think John Schneider and Pete Carroll are doing what they always do. They will always make sure every stone is turned.”

Smith says the Seahawks obviously know Garoppolo well. He plays Seattle twice a year, but didn’t have much success against the Seahawks. However, that doesn’t change his stellar QB track record early on.

“You know he’s a competitor,” Smith said. “You know he has a record of 33 and 13 as a starting quarterback. They know he can command an offensive, and he’s played on an offensive similar to Shane Waldron’s, but he hit that $25 million+ salary cap.

“John Schneider is too smart right now to say, you know what, I’m going to get involved in a trade for a guy coming out of right shoulder surgery who has this big contract. If he’s circumcised, we have a very different discussion,” Smith said.

The other option for San Francisco is to cut Garoppolo. Under the labor deal, Garoppolo would be eligible for up to $2 million in salary from the 49ers for 2022 in injury pay if he fails to pass a physical. If Garoppolo were signed by another team after passing his investigation, he would no longer be entitled to the 49ers. So would Seattle sign Garoppolo if he was cut? Smith is still unsure if they would pursue him.

“I’m still hesitant to say that I think there’s a strong possibility he’d be in Seattle even if they cut him because I thought all along the signs were pointing to Seattle making a move would do for Baker Mayfield and they ultimately weren’t even willing to do what the Panthers did to get him,” Smith said. “It seems like Pete Carroll and John Schneider put all their chips in a corner to to try Drew Lock and Geno Smith.”

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Emma Bowman

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