Could the Jimmy Garoppolo era in San Francisco be coming to an end?
The 49ers quarterback signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract with the 49ers in 2018. However, the team could get out of it in 2021.
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora noted on Sunday morning that Garoppolo is very much still under evaluation in San Francisco. In fact, it’s possible the team will make a change at quarterback ahead of the 2021 season.
“It’s wait and see,” one source with knowledge of the situation told CBS. “He’s still under evaluation. It could go in a few different directions, and is it possible he’s not the guy next year? That’s fair. I don’t think that’s lost on anybody.”
Garoppolo, 28, has thrown for 735 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He has a 69.1 percent QBR and a 63.6 completion percentage, but the 49ers haven’t been making big plays down the field.
If the 49ers do make a change at quarterback, two notable players could be potential targets:
- Falcons QB Matt Ryan
- Vikings QB Kirk Cousins
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan has a relationship with both players, having coached Cousins in Washington and Ryan in Atlanta.
“Whether it’s before the trade deadline or in the offseason, there’s one obvious place for Matt Ryan and it’s San Francisco,” Wright said. “We know they [San Francisco] don’t like their quarterback, he [Ryan] won an MVP with Kyle Shanahan, and he knows the system.”
"There's one obvious place for Matt Ryan — the 49ers. … To me, San Francisco goes right back to where they were last year — as the favorites of the NFC." — @getncickwright pic.twitter.com/PrRK6LwMSP
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) October 21, 2020
The 49ers, meanwhile, are scheduled to kick off against the Patriots at 4:25 p.m. E.T.
The game will be on CBS.