2. Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers)
I’m only putting Jimmy Garoppolo this high because he’s arguably the best option available out of the five. For whatever reason, Garoppolo wins football games and while it hasn’t been because of him throughout his career, it’s hard to dispute that when he’s on the team, wins stack up.
The problem with Garoppolo first and foremost is his injury history. He only missed two games this season but during his time as a starter, he’s only appeared in every regular-season game just once and that was in 2019. I should mention that in that 2019 season, Jimmy G and the 49ers made it to the Super Bowl, so take that for what it’s worth.
Another issue I have with Garoppolo is that he’s expensive. If the Saints were to trade for him, they’d take on a $26 million cap hit in 2022. That’s a huge cap hit for a guy who might not be able to make the game-winning touchdown pass in the final seconds.
Lastly, as I mentioned, Garoppolo isn’t a guy who can make the much-needed throw. If he was, the 49ers would have won the Super Bowl in the 2019 season and we probably wouldn’t be discussing him as a potential quarterback option in New Orleans, would we?
Be that as it may, I can’t leave Garoppolo off this list until the Saints are officially out of the mix for him.