You would think that with Jimmy Garoppolo leading the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl berth last season, his job security would firmly be in place.
But, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Garoppolo needs to prove himself in 2020 to maintain his spot as the Niners signal-caller.
Here is the quote from Breer’s MMQB column:
“I do know there’s been perception in league circles that Jimmy Garoppolo is on the clock because Kirk Cousins is a free agent in 2021.”
Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 picks last season and showed he could lead a team deep into the playoffs, so this Cousins thing is a bit of a curveball.
Fact is Garoppolo already has more postseason wins than Cousins, despite having four fewer seasons as a starter.
When John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan came in, the organization had been linked to Cousins due to Shanahan’s familiarity with the quarterback from their days together in Washington.
Once the Niners traded for Garoppolo during the 2017 season, the rumors of Cousins signing with San Francisco for the 2018 season went to bed.
Breer touched on the Tom Brady rumors in his latest column as well. Here is what he had to say about the 42-year-old free agent
“San Francisco is lurking, though my sense toward the end of the week was the Brady side more drove that than the Niners themselves. Obviously, Garoppolo’s future would be affected in the unlikely event that they make a move.”
Breer added some of his thoughts on the situation as well a little later down the column.
“Let’s start with Brady’s interest in the Niners, and you can ask yourself this question: If the greatest player of all-time wanted to play for you, wouldn’t you have to—whether he was 30 or 50—discuss it? I think that’s where the Niners are right now. What becomes of it, I don’t know.”
It isn’t normal for a team who just lost the Super Bowl to have rumors swirling about the job security of their quarterback.
Some of Garoppolo’s teammates have come out in support of their quarterback, while Lynch also praised him while speaking to the media at the NFL Combine.
If you had a choice for who will be the 49ers QB in 2021, who would you pick out of Garoppolo, Cousins, or Brady?