Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports


49ers Should Trade for an AFC South Quarterback

Brian Renick
Mar 17, 2021 at 4:24 PM0


In an article I wrote back at the beginning of January, I argued that the 49ers must pursue Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson in a trade. I stand by that take, and in light of the moves they've made this offseason, I think it makes even more sense. However, the likelihood that a Watson deal gets done soon is slim, and it's not a guarantee, which is why there is another QB on an AFC South team that the 49ers should pursue right now:

Flint Gardner Minshew II, currently employed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I've been banging this drum, as well as fellow writer Tim Sprinkles, for about a month now. Today, Ian Rapaport reported that the Jaguars have received calls about the famously mustachioed gunslinger.


A trade for Minshew makes sense for the 49ers on a couple of levels.

  1. John Lynch has said, on multiple occasions this offseason, that the 49ers are looking to upgrade the backup quarterback position on the roster. Minshew would not only upgrade the backup position, but he could arguably challenge current starter Jimmy Garoppolo for the starting position.
  2. Minshew is incredibly affordable. In an offseason in which the 49ers have made left tackle Trent Williams the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history, along with moves to bring back fullback Kyle Juszczyk, cornerbacks Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley, and the signing of center Alex Mack and EDGE Samson Ebukam, the team does not have a lot of money to achieve the stated goal of upgrading the backup QB position. Minshew has two years remaining on his contract and according to Spotrac, he is due $897,721 in 2021, and $1.012 million in 2022.

A quick look at the numbers shows that Minshew is a more than capable NFL starter. According to Pro Football Reference, these are Minshew's stats for the previous two seasons with Jacksonville:

Career Statistics
Season Team G ATT COMP PCT YDS AVG LNG TD INT
2019 Jaguars 14 470 285 60.64 3271 7 70 21 6
2020 Jaguars 9 327 216 66.06 2259 6.9 51 16 5
Total 23 797 501 62.86 5530 6.9 121 37 11

Shanahan values quarterbacks who are accurate and good decision-makers and Minshew has shown both of those traits with a career 63% completion percentage and a 1.4% interception percentage.

The Jaguars drafted Minshew out of Washington State in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. The 49ers could use one of the three 5th round selections they have in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft to pry him away from Jacksonville, which seems like more than fair compensation in return.

Trading for Gardner Minshew is not a move to shore up the quarterback position moving forward, but it would give the 49ers the flexibility to keep Jimmy Garoppolo and have a capable backup, trade or cut Garoppolo and draft a 1st-round QB, or trade for Deshaun Watson and have a quality backup in place as well.

It's time for the 49ers to go get the quarterback who Jaguar fans lovingly referred to as "Uncle Rico."

I've already got my jean shorts ready.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



Should QB Jimmy Garoppolo play another snap for the 49ers?

By Rohan Chakravarthi
May 17

The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, but San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the roster as he rehabs from a shoulder injury that required surgery in early March. For the past year, it has seemed apparent that the organization would move on from its veteran quarterback, as the 49ers were involved in talks with a number of free-agent quarterbacks last offseason, most notably Andy Dalton, and were also in the Matthew Stafford sweepstakes before the Rams ultimately traded for the longtime Lion. Eventually, the 49ers moved forward with a pre-draft trade, moving three first-rounders and a third-rounder in exchange for the third overall selection, which the team ultimately used on Trey Lance, who started two games in 2021. Garoppolo



Albert Breer weighs in on when the 49ers might trade Jimmy Garoppolo

By David Bonilla
May 18

When will the San Francisco 49ers finally trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, officially ushering in the Trey Lance era without the distraction of the veteran still being on the roster? The team has tried, but Garoppolo opting to undergo shoulder surgery on March 8 halted all trade talks. "I felt like we were close in some [trade] discussions, and then the decision was made to have surgery," general manager John Lynch said earlier this month. "That just brought things to a screeching halt." Now, everyone is waiting for Garoppolo to be healthy again. The problem is that many quarterback-needy teams have already made offseason moves to improve the position. A couple



Are the 49ers mending their relationship with WR Deebo Samuel?

By Rohan Chakravarthi
May 6

Late Wednesday night, San Francisco 49ers fans sighed in relief as wide receiver Deebo Samuel reportedly followed the team on Instagram once again, which could be a sign that the relationship is getting back on track. Samuel, who scrubbed his account of everything 49ers related on April 7th, which was around the time of his reported trade request, was not moved during the draft as the 49ers stayed firm with their decision despite fielding multiple offers for the star receiver. Now, almost a month later, Samuel has re-followed the team, once again utilizing his power of social media to express his



Cowherd: It's time for the 49ers to go 'all in' with Trey Lance

By David Bonilla
May 6

On Thursday, FanSided national reporter Matt Lombardo tweeted out that the San Francisco 49ers are "continually underwhelmed" by Trey Lance. While most quickly dismissed the report, given the team's consistent praise of the second-year quarterback, Colin Cowherd offered a reaction on his FS1 show. The longtime host believes it's time for the 49ers to answer their doubters and go "all in" on their young quarterback. I have heard that the #49ers' staff has been continually underwhelmed by Trey Lance …


Featured

More by Brian Renick

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone