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Peter King believes Jimmy Garoppolo will be the 49ers QB for Week 1

Feb 13, 2021 at 2:32 PM--


There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the San Francisco 49ers quarterback situation this offseason. The team inquired about other options — like Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz. It was reportedly "lukewarm" on adding Stafford. San Francisco was never going to surrender the draft capital that the Los Angeles Rams ended up giving to the Detroit Lions. And if you thought that cost was high, imagine what acquiring Deshaun Watson might cost.

Jimmy Garoppolo remaining with the 49ers for at least the 2021 season remains a strong possibility. The team had an opportunity to upgrade to Tom Brady last offseason. Peter King of NBC Sports wonders if general manager John Lynch wishes he pushed harder for the move after watching Brady and the Buccaneers win Super Bowl LV.

"[Lynch] wouldn't be human if he didn't think to himself, 'Man, if we went hard after Brady, if we gave the full-court press, we probably could have had him,'" King told Rich Eisen this week. "And you know what? Maybe they could have. I don't know.

"But I just think that you have to logically look at Jimmy Garoppolo, and say, 'Unless there's a great offer or a great something out there, we're going to stick with Garoppolo, and he's going to be really good, and we're going to be happy with it. It will be fine.'"

While Garoppolo owns a 24-9 record as the 49ers' starting quarterback — including the playoffs — and helped the team reach a Super Bowl, he has missed 23 games over the past three seasons due to injuries.

"But you can't ignore the injuries. You just can't," King continued. "So I think that if a golden opportunity came up, they'd think about it. But I kind of agree with you, Rich. I think Jimmy Garoppolo's going to be the quarterback of the Niners (on) opening day."



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