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3 most likely QB options for Saints after Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson news

Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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3. Jimmy Garoppolo

With Rodgers and Wilson officially off the board, the best option out there is Jimmy Garoppolo. I have him third here, however, because it just feels unlikely that New Orleans will be able to afford to trade for Garoppolo.

Garoppolo spent the first three years of his career in New England backing up Tom Brady and was shipped to San Francisco in 2017. He took over the reins in 2018 but only started three games before getting injured and missing the rest of the year.

In 2019, Garoppolo helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl and he was one overthrown ball away from winning his third ring (he won two in New England). This past season, he once again helped get the Niners to the NFC Championship Game only to come up short against the Rams.

The big knocks on Jimmy G are that he’s injury-prone and can’t get it done when it comes down to him winning the game for his team. For a team like the Saints, Garoppolo is a good option because he can do enough to not lose games. If the defense shows up and has a big day and Alvin Kamara can take over, the Saints will be good with Jimmy G under center.

While Garoppolo is still a possibility, I don’t think the team ends up trading for him due to how much they’d have to pay for him. The cap hit on the Eastern Illinois product is $25.5 million so that might be too steep for New Orleans.

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