John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are not messing around.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday, the San Francisco 49ers have acquired the No. 3 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft from the Miami Dolphins. In exchange, the Niners have surrendered their original No. 12 overall pick, a 2022 third-rounder (Robert Saleh compensatory selection) and a first-round pick in both 2022 and 2023.
The move almost guarantees San Francisco will add a new rookie quarterback next month. While it remains to be seen which of talented passers will be on the board after consensus top pick Trevor Lawrence, early speculation lends itself to a toss-up between North Dakota State’s Trey Lance or Ohio State’s Justin Fields. The latter of whom has been training at a facility heavily linked to 49ers coaches.
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Twitter Goes Bonkers Over Franchise-Altering Trade
As expected, NFL media and fans erupted over arguably the most surprising move of the NFL offseason thus far. Niners All-Pro tight end George Kittle may have even summed it up best with a simple “Oh wow” reply to Schefter’s news break.
Here was just a sample of what others were feeling in response to Friday’s megadeal:
49ers faithful are still expected to hear from both Lynch and Shanahan very soon as their previously scheduled pre-draft press conference remains scheduled for Monday, March 29.
What’s Next for Jimmy Garoppolo?
Even with 49ers brass having held firm on keeping Jimmy Garoppolo as their 2021 starting quarterback in recent weeks, Friday’s trade runs counter to the idea — or at the very least makes the possibility of trading the oft-injured 29-year-old more likely. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case at the moment.
NFL Network’s Steve Wyche, who was in contact with Lynch immediately following the trade, reported that the Niners general manager told him this:
“Yes we decided to go ahead and do this, once it was finalized the first thing we did was call Jimmy Garoppolo to let him know he’s still in our plans,” via NFL reporter Dov Kleiman on Twitter.
While keeping Garoppolo around to hopefully compete for a championship next season while the No. 3 rookie develops behind the scenes is a logical outlook, many around the football world aren’t buying San Fran’s potential smokescreen.
Trading Garoppolo prior to June 1 could net the team $23.6 million in cap space, in addition to whatever assets another team is willing to pay for the two-time Super Bowl champion. However, with the free agent talent pool dwindling and Trent Williams having already re-signed, the financial benefit may not be as impactful as it could have been a week or two ago. At present, the 49ers have approximately $19.7 million in spending power per Over The Cap, with Garoppolo under contract through next season at respective cap hits of $26.4 million and $27 million.
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