The most important NFL story to hit the wire yesterday was that the the Lions are making ready to commerce quarterback Matthew Stafford. Instantly after the information broke, pundits started placing collectively lists of the almost certainly suitors for Stafford, and the 49ers are excessive atop most such lists.
Certainly, Eric Department of the San Francisco Chronicle expects the Niners to inquire about Stafford, and Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports activities Bay Space says the group is more likely to decide shortly about whether or not to be concerned within the bidding (Twitter hyperlink). The consensus appears to be that it’s going to take a first-round decide plus extra draft compensation to accumulate Stafford, and it’s unclear whether or not GM John Lynch is prepared to half with that kind of capital.
In fact, the 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo underneath contract by the 2022 season, however he has missed 23 video games during the last three years, whereas Stafford has began each sport in 9 of the previous 10 seasons. Plus, head coach Kyle Shanahan‘s offense, replete with play-action passes, bootlegs, and deep pictures, would look like an ideal match for the Lions’ franchise icon.
Cash wouldn’t be an impediment both. Stafford will rely simply $20MM towards the cap in 2021 — a quite modest sum for a high quality signal-caller — whereas Garoppolo is scheduled to hold a $26.9MM hit. San Francisco would incur a mere $2.8MM in useless cash by buying and selling or releasing Garoppolo, so the membership would truly enhance its cap state of affairs and (most likely) its quarterback play by buying Stafford.
Garoppolo does have a no-trade clause written into his contract, however as he’s unlikely to fetch a big return in a commerce at this level, dealing him wouldn’t be a situation precedent to a Stafford commerce. Matt Barrows of The Athletic wonders simply how a lot of an enchancment Stafford can be and if that enchancment can be sufficient to warrant the give up of the 49ers’ No. 12 total choice, and that’s a call that Lynch & Co. might want to make within the coming weeks.
As of now, Lynch doesn’t anticipate utilizing his prime draft alternative on a collegiate passer, as Alex Didion of NBC Sports activities Bay Space writes. So if the group doesn’t purchase Stafford or another veteran, it appears like Garoppolo would be the 49ers’ 2021 starter, as Shanahan advised final month.
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