NFL Draft rumors: 49ers won’t trade Jimmy Garoppolo unless ‘overwhelmed’ by offer


The rumors surrounding the 49ers’ decision at the top of Thursday night’s draft isn’t their only looming quarterback quandary as the NFL Draft begins.

The question of what the 49ers will do with incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo after they draft their quarterback of the future at No. 3 has naturally taken on some urgency as quarterback-needy teams reportedly continue to inquire about his availability.

Draft-day trades will certainly take place — there’s been an average of five trades during the first round over the past decade — but don’t expect Garoppolo to be involved in one of them.

That hasn’t prevented the rumors from flying. Dale Arnold of NESN reported the Patriots have been trying to work on a new contract with Garoppolo in hopes of getting him back to New England.

What I’ve been told, by a reliable source —- @Patriots are working on a new contract for Jimmy G that could lead to a deal with @49ers. Same source who correctly told me Tom Brady had signed with @Buccaneers. Doesn’t mean it will get done, but they’re working on it.

— Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) April 28, 2021

Yet, there’s an even stronger sense from other reporters that Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says the 49ers won’t trade Garoppolo unless someone “overwhelms them.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said plenty of teams will be contacting 49ers general manager John Lynch Thursday but the odds of him being dealt are remote.

The #49ers do not have plans to trade Jimmy G, unless the value overwhelms them. Seems pretty unlikely, but crazier things have happened.

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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 29, 2021

The 49ers acquired Garoppolo for a second-round pick from the Patriots in 2017 and are apparently looking for at least a second-round choice in any deal. A key factor to remember is Garoppolo holds a no-trade clause in his contract this year. So he won’t go anywhere he doesn’t want to.

With Thursday’s 5 p.m. draft start inching closer, here are some of the latest rumors around the league:

Atlanta is ready to move on from All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones, at the right price. Baltimore was at least one team that inquired about the 32-year-old’s availability. However, he has three years and $38 million in base salary remaining on his contract and the cap-squeezed Falcons would need to have any deal earmarked for after June 1 to lessen a cap hit.

The 49ers would be one of the teams highly interested in Jones if his deal was re-worked and the draft capital required was reasonable. Jones is one of Kyle Shanahan’s favorite players, dating back to his days as the Falcons offensive coordinator.

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