Jimmy Garoppolo would like to team up with Depo Samuel in another city.
The 49ers quarterback – who has been eyeing the trade since the end of last season – was asked about speculation that San Francisco could combine him in a deal with the wide receiver.
“I’d do it in a heartbeat, man,” Garoppolo said last Thursday on the “Stacking The Box” podcast — a day after Samuel asked the 49ers for a deal.
“I think these things will take care of themselves,” Garoppolo said with a laugh. “But I didn’t even think about it. That’s not bad.”
The quarterback didn’t discuss the future of his game further.
After San Francisco lost to the Rams in an NFC Championship game in late January, Garoppolo said he spoke with 49ers general manager John Lynch “about finding the right destination” for the quarterback. The Garoppolo trade would save $25.5 million in cover space and make room for 49er sophomore quarterback Trey Lance to take over.
But, the 49ers remained stagnant while a bunch of moves were made in the middle. In February, ESPN reported that it was “not a lock” that the 49ers would trade Garoppolo, whose $137.5 million contract expires at the end of 2022. At the time, Lynch added, the 49ers had budgeted for Garoppolo’s potential to remain in the next season. .
The 30-year-old underwent surgery on March 8 to repair the capsule in his shoulder. Garoppolo is expected to be back in full force by late June or early July, barring any setbacks in his recovery. However, his recovery status may be a red flag for the teams.
Samuel continued to share and delete encrypted messages on social media after it was reported that he was dissatisfied with his use of the offense.
“Reporters’ jobs are to make stories only people know the truth of the situation. [agent Tory Dandy]and Deebo Samuel,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet.
Samuel was apparently out over the weekend and seemed to indicate that he had no desire to stay in San Francisco. A video on social media shows Samuel popping into his mouth with the word “no” as he cuts his hand to his neck when he sees bottle girls at a club holding signs that read, “Depo Stays #49.”
Garoppolo’s packaging can make it easy to trade Samuel and unload the crazy QB quarterback.
The Garoppolo-Samuel pairing could work in Seattle or the Carolinas, as both teams search for a new quarterback.
The Panthers were also reported to have been interested in Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who requested a deal from Cleveland when they made a play and acquired former Texas quarterback Deshaun Watson. Houston could also be looking for a new quarterback.
The Panthers have the No. 6 pick overall in the 2022 NFL Draft Thursday, and it is said He won’t make any other moves Even after the first round.