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2 NFL Teams 'Highly Intrigued' By Jimmy Garoppolo: Report

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Commanders are reportedly both "highly intrigued" in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, according to NFL Insider Jordan Schultz.

Schultz reports both teams have expressed interest in trading for the quarterback, specifically noting that Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada wants to deploy a similar run-pass option scheme similar to the one Garappolo ran in San Francisco and Washington head coach Ron Rivera having salary cap space to acquire Garoppolo's big contract.

"#Steelers and #Commanders both highly intrigued by Jimmy G, according to sources," Schultz tweeted. "Pittsburgh OC Matt Canada wants to deploy RPO - not dissimilar 2 the offense Garrappolo ran with the #Niners. Ron Rivera not only believes his team can win now, but has over $30M in cap as well."

Garoppolo is set to undergo surgery on his shoulder during the offseason, which is expected to delay his availability for a return to the middle of the summer and enters the final year of his current contract.

San Francisco selected Trey Lance at No. 3 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, which led to even more speculation of the team's long-term plan to move on from Garoppolo before the veteran quarterback led the 49ers to a 10-7 regular season finish and two playoff wins.

Earlier this week, Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline reported the Steelers were considering Mitch Trubisky, Teddy Bridgewater and Jameis Winston as potential free agency options this offseason.

All three quarterbacks are former first-round selections with Winston going No. 1 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft; Trubisky going second overall in 2017 and Bridgewater going No. 32 overall in 2014.

Winston appeared to have found a home with the New Orleans Saints after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided not to exercise the option on the final year of his rookie contract, but experienced a season-ending injury in October.

Bridgewater started 13 games for the Denver Broncos in 2021 and has a QB career record of 36-26.

Trubisky spent his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears before signing with the Buffalo Bills last offseason as a backup to franchise quarterback Josh Allen.

Pauline also acknowledged reports of the Steelers targeting projected first-round quarterback Malik Willis in the 2022 NFL Draft, though "cannot confirm" the reports.

CBS Sports college football writer Tom Fornelli had the Steelers trading up from No. 20 overall to No. 10 to select Liberty's Malik Willis in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft in his latest mock draft published last Friday (February 25).

"There's been a lot of smoke about Pittsburgh's affinity for Malik Willis, and in this mock, it moves up to make sure any of the other teams in the market for a QB can't get him," Fornelli wrote. "Willis is the kind of QB lottery ticket who can pay huge dividends, as he's got a ceiling the others in this class don't."

Last week, Pro Football Focus' Austin Gayle predicted the Steelers would trade their first-round their 2023 first-round pick and their 2022 third-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for quarterback Derek Carr.

On February 22, general manager Kevin Colbert -- who recently announced his decision to step down from his position after the 2022 NFL Draft -- confirmed the Steelers planned to tender backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins amid his upcoming restricted free agency, but didn't shy away from adding another player to compete for the starting quarterback role with the former Ohio State standout and Mason Rudolph following Roethlisberger's recent retirement.

"Dwayne will be a restricted free agent, and I'm sure we'll decide to tender him at some point," Colbert said, "So we have Dwayne and we have Mason. Can we add to that group from the outside? Sure. We'll always look at trades, we'll always look at unrestricted groups, at potential cuts down the road and make those comparisons and compare what it's going to cost us, either from a draft compensation standpoint or from a free agency, salary cap availability decision and what that will do to the rest of your team."

"“We know we’re going to add to the position. I can’t tell you how at this point. We will go to camp with four. If we had to start today with Mason as our starter, let’s go. We’ll try to build the best team around him,” Colbert added via ESPN's Brooke Pryor.

Haskins was cut by the now-Washington Commanders after being demoted for the second time during the 2020 season in December 2020, 20 months after the franchise selected the former Ohio State standout at No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Haskins was benched for backup Taylor Heinicke during the fourth quarter of Washington's 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers in 2020 after completing 14 of 28 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. The former first-round pick was stripped of his captaincy and fined $40,000 for violating COVID-19 protocol in December 2020 after photos leaked appearing to show the quarterback not wearing a mask at his now-wife's birthday, which had more than 10 attendees.

"Definitely the hardest week of my life. I just want to bounce back and move forward and pray and get my life together," Haskins said after Washington's December loss to the Panthers via ESPN. "I can't really put into words how I'm feeling right now."

Haskins was previously benched earlier in the season leading up to Washington's Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Roethlisberger officially announced his retirement last month after an entire season of speculation.

The two-time Super Bowl champion shared a video alongside his family on his verified Twitter account on January 27, reading a statement confirming his decision.

"The journey has been exhilarating, defined by relationships and fueled by a spirit of competition. Yet the time has come to clean up my locker, hang up my cleats and continue to be all I can be to my wife and children. I retire from football a truly grateful man," Rothelisberger said in the video.

Roethlisberger finished his final game with 215 yards and two touchdowns on 29 of 44 passing during a 42-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Round in January.