Business rumors continue to swirl around Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Despite the public praise for Jimmy Garoppolo, the San Francisco 49ers need to make an important decision on how to approach the quarterback position in the future. Matt Lombardo of FanSided says the Niners are looking for a quarterback they can win with, not against. Lombardo thinks the 49ers could make a trade for Matthew Stafford or Carson Wentz in the offseason.
Two names to watch out for: Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz, Lombardo wrote on Twitter. San Francisco is in a good position, with $26 million right now, and the organization is looking for a QB it can win with, not in spite of, I’m told.
Both quarterbacks face an uncertain future with their current franchises, especially Wentz, who lost his starting job with the Eagles at the end of the season.
The Niners will clearly be looking for a better option at quarterback.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said there is a feeling in the league that the 49ers are looking for a quarterback promotion this season. The Niners have repeatedly said they expect Garoppolo to return as an incumbent by 2021, but the franchise would be foolish not to consider other options given the quarterback’s recent injuries.
Garoppolo’s injuries certainly complicate the picture, Mortensen told NFL Countdown on Sunday, according to the Clitcher report. Coach Kyle Shannahan said he believes Garoppolo will be the quarterback in 2021, but said he can’t be sure. Most league insiders believe that if there is a better option, the 49ers will have someone other than Garoppolo at the start of next season.
Stafford may be available in the off-season.
Stafford was a pillar in Detroit, but the new coaches may decide to go in a different direction and try to completely rebuild the team. Matt Barrows of The Athletic thinks the Niners could at least consider a deal for Stafford, but he’s not sure it would be a huge improvement over Garoppolo.
I think the 49ers would at least consider trading Stafford, as they did with Tom Brady earlier this year, Burrows said. They wouldn’t have room for Garoppolo and Stafford, so they’d have to say goodbye to Garoppolo. The scenario is certainly far-fetched: Robert Saleh became head coach of the Lions and hired one of Shanahan’s lieutenants, Mike LaFleur, to lead his offense. Then they acquire Garoppolo to escape this crime. Of course, Shanahan would leave that to Stafford, a QB who doesn’t know his crime. That’s probably why he’s staying with Jimmy G.
Stafford threw for 4,084 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 steals this season and started all 16 games. Stafford’s performance in Kyle Shanahan’s offense is intriguing, and the quarterback still has a lot of football ahead of him at 32.
Wentz would have liked to make a trade, but Pedersen’s dismissal would make his return to Philadelphia more likely
Mr. Mortensen said Wentz should apply for a contract during the off-season. That was before Doug Pederson was fired, which according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reduced Wentz’s chances of being traded.
Carson Wentz, his relationship with the Eagles is almost over. Actually, it’s broken, Mortensen said, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. Wentz should let the Eagles make a deal. He’s going to help the Eagles trade. The reaction of Jeffrey Lurie, the owner, will be crucial in this regard. But now Wentz clearly wants to leave Philadelphia and start over. It’s going to be a great story in the off-season.
Fowler noted that Wentz’s chances of making the 2021 Eagles team increased significantly after Pederson’s departure. In any case, the 49ers would do well to at least have a preliminary conversation with the quarterback’s much-discussed prospect thus far.
The addition of Doug Pederson increases Carson Wentz’s chances of staying in Philadelphia, a source told ESPN, according to Fowler on Twitter. It would be hard to get both. The Eagles can always evaluate the market or adjust to new coaches, but the relationship seems to be a lifeline.
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