Colin Cowherd: “When the 49ers drafted Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo could have emotionally folded. He didn’t, he got better. Garoppolo was hurt all season long, telling reporter Mike Silver after the game, ‘it hurt so much to throw the football.’ I thought yesterday was the perfect ending for the Garoppolo/49ers relationship. He’s always been good enough to get you here, but in the fourth quarter he didn’t play well, Matt Stafford did, and Garoppolo looked like a little bit of a liability. The Niners have the coach, they have the system, they’ve got the defense, they’ve got the weapons, but they need to upgrade at quarterback. Over the last three playoffs, any team with a 10-point fourth quarter lead is 19-2. The two losses are Jimmy Garoppolo. But he deserves credit because he didn’t fold and didn’t get his feelings hurt when they brought in Trey Lance, and he also played hurt this entire playoff run, and he’s absolutely good enough to get you to a Super Bowl and win multiple playoff games. But now you can move him because you can make the argument that you’re just not quite good enough there, and you give it to Trey Lance. There is a very strong likelihood Jimmy ends up on a Denver or Pittsburgh. Because of his injuries, the 49ers will not get very much if they trade him, I doubt they get a first round pick. A team like Pittsburgh could take a flyer on him, his salary isn’t outrageous, and you give up a second round pick. He would win a lot of games in Pittsburgh with those receivers, that running back, that star tight end, and that defense. If he goes to Denver with Fant, Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, an All-Pro left tackle, and that defense he’s going to win a lot of games in Denver. There’s a strong likelihood since he’s not going to cost a lot, that a really good team is going to take a flyer on him for a year and draft a quarterback. There’s also a strong likelihood Trey Lance could struggle in a brutal division. Are you okay with that? With that said, I think it’s the perfect time. In the fourth quarter I was thinking ‘you just got to get a little better THERE and you’ll be a Super Bowl team.’ In a strange sort of way, Jimmy’s injuries help him because it’s going to lessen his trade value. Wherever he goes, you’re not going to have to give up multiple players and picks to get Jimmy. If I were the GM of the Steelers I’d be on the phone today – playoff experience, big-game experience, New England coaching, and Kyle Shanahan? I‘m getting a smart dude into the room.” (Full Video Above)
Listen to Colin Cowherd explain why he thinks now is the ‘perfect time’ for the 49ers to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, as San Francisco blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead to the Rams in a heartbreaking NFC Championship Game loss on Sunday.
The 30-year-old who is still under contract for another year is 33-14 as a starter in the NFL but has drawn polarization in football circles because of the elite talent around him, both with coaching and personnel.
Check out the video above as Colin details why he thinks it’s time for the 49ers to shoot for someone with a higher ceiling than Garoppolo, while also explaining why he thinks Garoppolo would be the perfect fit for talented quarterback-less rosters the likes of Denver and Pittsburgh.
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