Garoppolo to throw soon; trade market could heat up


Jimmy Garoppolo’s recovery from shoulder surgery is going well, and the San Francisco 49ers quarterback will throw over the next few weeks, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler also says that Garoppolo might be able to pass a physical relatively soon, which would cause the trade market for the quarterback to kick back into gear.

Garoppolo, 30, started 45 games over the last five seasons with the 49ers, but the team is set to move on with 2021 third overall pick Trey Lance inheriting the starting role. Last season, Garoppolo threw 20 touchdown passes with 12 interceptions in the regular season and helped lead the team to the NFC Championship Game.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch said that the team was “close in some discussions” to trade Garoppolo earlier in the offseason, but those talks came to a “screeching halt” when the quarterback opted for surgery in March. 

Since then, several teams have addressed their quarterback vacancies. One of those teams is the Indianapolis Colts, who were reportedly in talks to acquire Garoppolo before landing Matt Ryan in a deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Also on the trade market is Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has been linked to the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers in rumors.

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