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Seahawks, Dolphins, Texans are the betting favorites to land Jimmy Garoppolo

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A few days ago, the 49ers essentially invited one or more of the other 31 teams to make an offer, any offer to the quarterback. Jimmy Garoppolo. Since then, there have been no (checked Twitter) reports of any team, named or unnamed, showing an interest in Garoppolo.

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It looks like the 49ers and Garoppolo have decided, at least for now, to wait until the other team’s starting quarterback gets injured at the end of the season. It would be a win-win for the team and the player; The 49ers will make bigger profits, and Garoppolo will be more likely to receive all or most of his $25 million compensation package for the final year of his current contract.

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But early season quarterback injuries don’t happen regularly during training camp (when they’re not touched) or preseason (when they rarely play). Unless the starting lineup drops or someone makes a lucrative offer (and Garoppolo accepts a much lower salary), he will be fired, most likely when the lineups move to 53.

Eventually, he will join another team. He is on the edge of the top 20, which means that there are about 10 beginners who are worse than him. So, yes, he will have another opportunity.

The guys from DraftKings published three selected. The Seahawks have the lowest odds, +275. Next Dolphins (sorry TuAnon) at +330. Texans are in third position with +400.

Seattle would be an attractive place to land for obvious reasons. Including the fact that Seattle visits San Francisco in the second week. However, for now, coach Pete Carroll seems intent on getting him to work with Geno Smith or Drew Lock.

Of course, Miami would also be a convincing outcome. They have Teddy Bridgewater on board as a backup. Presumably, the Dolphins will choose Garoppolo as a potential replacement not as a backup, but as a starter.

Does this sound crazy? Ask yourself this question. What a quarterback between Jimmy Garoppolo and Tua Tagovailoa more perfect? Which one is more likely to get the most out of an otherwise stacked Miami team with former 49ers assistant Mike McDaniel running the show with Kyle Shanahan’s offense?

This seems unlikely, as the Dolphins are totally attuned to Tua. After, of course, tried to get Deshawn Watson in 2021 and Tom Brady in 2022. Other than that, they’re all with Tua.

So how are they all in? They had clearly made a mistake in taking Tua in charge. Justin Herbert with the fifth pick in the 2020 draft. Some teams that make a mistake admit it and move on, which is what the Dolphins tried to do when they went after Watson and Brady. Other teams that make mistakes double down. What Dolphins can do now.

Maybe it’s just a matter of whether the Dolphins can do a big upgrade or a soft one. Despite this, for people who have every reason to know the situation, the Dolphins have a 3.3 to 1 ratio to get Garoppolo.

Finally, the Texans. Their CEO Nick Caserio chose Garoppolo in New England eight years ago. They claim they’re ready to go with Davis Mills. It’s just the best way to play if they’re secretly waiting for the chance to snatch Garoppolo as an inexpensive free agent.

Which he definitely will be, unless the starting quarterback knocks out an Achilles or tears his ACL next month.




Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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