The biggest NFL story that hit the wire yesterday was that the Lions are Preparing to trade Quarterback Matthew Stafford. Immediately after the news spread, critics began compiling lists of potential suitors for Stafford, and the 49 people rank high on most of these lists.
Actually, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle You expect the Niners to inquire about the Stafford, and Matt Mayuko of NBC Sports Bay Area says the team will likely make a quick decision on whether to participate in the bid (Twitter link). The consensus appears to be that it will take a pick from the first round plus an additional compensation bill to get Stafford, and it’s unclear if GM is John Lynch Willing to give up this type of capital.
Of course, 49ers have it Jimmy Garoppolo Under contract until the 2022 season, he has missed 23 games over the past three years, while Stafford has started every match in nine of the past 10 seasons. In addition, a head coach Kyle ShanahanHis attack, full of passes, masks, and deep shots, seems to fit the icon of the Lions franchise.
Money won’t be an obstacle either. Stafford will only charge $ 20 million against the cap in 2021 – a fairly modest sum for a high-quality signal caller – while Garoppolo is slated to carry $ 26.9 million. San Francisco will incur only $ 2.8 million in dead money by trading Garoppolo or releasing him, so the club will actually improve its cap and (possibly) play in the middle by acquiring Stafford.
Garoppolo has a written no-trade clause in his contract, but since he is unlikely to make a significant return on the trade at this point, dealing with him will not be a pre-requisite to Stafford’s trading. Matt Burrows of The Athletic He just wonders how much improvement Stafford will achieve and whether that improvement will be enough to ensure the 49ers’ public choice No. 12 will be waived, a decision Lynch & Co will have to make in the coming weeks.
As of now, Lynch doesn’t expect to use his best pick on a mass bystander, like Alex Didion is from NBC Sports Bay Area Writes. So if the team doesn’t take over Stafford or some other veterans, it looks like Garoppolo will be the start of the 49ers in 2021, Shanahan also suggested Last month.
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