Seahawks Urged by Ex-NFL Exec to Sign 2-Time Super Bowl Champion QB

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The buzz around the NFL is that the San Francisco 49ers may ultimately release Jimmy Garoppolo, potentially opening the door for the Seattle Seahawks to sign the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who was previously an NFL executive for Washington and the Philadelphia Eagles, is urging the Seahawks to sign Garoppolo if this scenario plays out. As Riddick acknowledged, the Niners are unlikely to explore trading Garoppolo to a division rival, so the Seahawks would need for the veteran to be released to have a realistic chance.

“Look, the 49ers are not going to trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Seattle Seahawks, in the division, but when they cut him — and it sounds like they will cut him eventually — I would be all over that,” Riddick said on the June 10 episode of “NFL Live.” “All over it if I’m the Seattle Seahawks. Why? Look, think about this, Shane Waldron who’s their offensive coordinator out there in Seattle, comes from the [Rams head coach] Sean McVay tree, coached in LA with Sean. That offense [is] very similar in terms of construct, in terms of philosophy that Kyle Shanahan runs out in San Francisco. That’s an offense that’s tailor-made for Jimmy G’s style.”

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The Niners have been unable to find a trade partner for Garoppolo, and the quarterback’s offseason shoulder surgery could be limiting his market. Garoppolo, who has one season remaining on his five-year, $137 million contract, is slated to have a $24.2 million salary in 2022. Teams might not be eager to pay that kind of money for a quarterback who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career.

Even though the 49ers drafted Trey Lance with the No. 3 pick in 2021, Garoppolo was able to hang onto the starting job and lead San Francisco to within one game of the Super Bowl. Garoppolo has one Super Bowl appearance with the 49ers and owns two Super Bowl rings from his days as Tom Brady’s backup on the New England Patriots.

Last season, Garoppolo threw for 3,810 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 68.3% of his passes. Given his injury history, the biggest stat for Garoppolo was his 15 appearances as the quarterback.

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It seems San Francisco’s preference would be to get something in return for Garoppolo via trade, but if the team is unable to do so, it might make the most financial sense to release him.

According to a June 10 story by ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the Niners would have to take only a $1.4 million dead cap hit if they cut Garoppolo prior to Week 1. Garoppolo’s salary does not become guaranteed until the season begins, which makes releasing the quarterback an appealing option rather than paying $24 million for a backup.

Graziano wrote that the expectation around the NFL is for the 49ers to ultimately release Garoppolo. Whether it is Garoppolo or another quarterback, the Seahawks are “setting the table” for a new QB1 to succeed and does not view Drew Lock or Geno Smith as the long-term solution, Riddick said.

“Jimmy G is like the piece that they’re missing,” he said. “Seattle’s setting the table for some quarterback in the next year or two, if it’s not Drew Lock or Geno Smith, which it ain’t gonna be. If it’s not one of those two, someone’s going to inherit a football team that is quietly set themselves up. Jimmy G would be perfect, to me, for that, and if he ever becomes free because, again, they ain’t gonna trade him to them. I’d be all over that like that, quickly.”

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Michael Potter
Michael Potter
3 months ago

Watched him since he left N.E. and one trait always stood out, he cowers down under attack, and fear causes him to get rid of the ball. Injuries and now into his more brittle 30’s, he won’t get better. Lock was at Denver with idiots running the offense – Start him.

Mark Quinn Warren
Mark Quinn Warren
3 months ago

nope…. we dont need a broken down qb….

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