The expectation is that next month; we are going to see several quarterbacks around the league change teams. From Hall of Famers that are unrestricted free agents likeTom Brady, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers. To veterans that could be traded like Cam Newton and Derek Carr. As we move closer to free agency, Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract continues to look better for the San Francisco 49ers. Jimmy G’s cap number jumps up six million to $26 million in 2020. Teddy Bridgewater is asking for $30 million, though Spotrac values Bridgewater’s market around $20 million a season. Teddy went 5-0 as a starter in 2019 but has mostly been up and down since he’s been in the league.
Dak Prescott is estimated to receive over $33 million a season. Cowboys fans are split as to whether Dak deserves that much money. Is he good? Yes. Is he great? He better be if you’re giving him that much money. The “wildcards” are Ryan Tannehill and Jameis Winston. Tannehill got hot during the second half of the season and should crack $30 million this offseason. If I’m a team, I’d be terrified if I had to rely on Tannehill for an entire season. We’ve seen this story before. Look no further than Nick Foles. After his Super Bowl run with the Eagles, Foles has flopped. Now, the Jaguars have a quarterback with a cap number of over $21 million on their bench.
Garoppolo is still improving. You can’t say the same for the players above. From a pure talent perspective, many would rank Winston higher. Who would most coaches trust more, giving $26 million a season? That would be Jimmy G, and I’m not sure how close that vote would be. If you think Garoppolo had some bad interceptions last season, Jameis put on a clinic of what not to do.
For what the 49ers need to win, Garoppolo’s contract will look even better if the team reaches the playoffs in 2020.