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San Francisco 49ers 'Believed' 1 NFL Team Would Trade For Veteran Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

The San Francisco 49ers had every intent of trading veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during the offseason. However, no deal ever materialized and now he's back starting for the Niners. 

With that being said, the NFC West franchise reportedly "believed" one specific NFL team would trade for Garoppolo earlier this year. That team is the Washington Commanders. 

Garoppolo's shoulder injury and required surgery altered the 49ers' plans, though. And the Commanders wound up trading for Carson Wentz instead. Had Garoppolo been healthy, he may now be playing for the D.C. franchise.

“According to multiple league sources, the Niners believed one of those teams — the Washington Commanders — was poised to become Garoppolo’s next NFL home,” ESPN’s Tim Keown and Nick Wagoner wrote in a column published Monday. “But that plan was scuttled soon after; Garoppolo’s shoulder wasn’t healing as he and his medical team hoped. After further consultation with doctors, Garoppolo and his representatives opted for surgery that set the beginning of training camp as a target date for a full recovery. By March 1, the plan became public knowledge, and eight days later the Commanders moved on, trading for Indianapolis quarterback Carson Wentz.”

That would have been a mess for the 49ers. Trey Lance is out for the season with a year-ending injury. Had the Niners traded Jimmy Garoppolo they would have been without a viable option at the position. 

Garoppolo is now back starting for the 49ers. He and the team will take on the Broncos in Denver this Sunday.