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Golden Nuggets: Will Stafford be the first QB domino to fall?

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It feels like we’ve had every unverified account say that Matthew Stafford is headed to the 49ers other than Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. The rumor mill isn’t heating up — we’re well past that stage — it’s overflowing.

Former Shanahan QB believes 49ers will look to replace Garoppolo

“You look at those championship games: (there were) four great quarterbacks playing in those championship games.”

“Do they have a great quarterback? They don’t. In my opinion, they don’t have a great quarterback,” Rosenfels said. “They have a good NFL starter, I think. But not a great quarterback, and they’re definitely on the hunt for that.”

“They know Jimmy’s probably good enough to get back there. But could we get somebody who could get back there regularly?”

“NFL quarterbacks should not miss many throws. They just shouldn’t. And that’s probably when he gets most frustrated.”

The NFL teams that need Deshaun Watson the most, ranked

3 San Francisco 49ers

The window for that defense is going to close faster than 49ers fans realize. The 49ers should be all-in mode. A Watson-Shanahan combo would instantly make them the favorites in the NFC next year.

49ers legend Rathman announces his retirement from coaching

“He made an immediate impact in our running back room upon his arrival and he deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the development of our backs into multifaceted players. We’ll miss hearing his infamous, ‘Squeeze it!’ from the sideline at practice and on game day.”

“It’s been fantastic,” Rathman said in 2017 of his time with the 49ers. “Just going back to the playing days in the DeBartolo era. Playing for the organization and coaching for Eddie and the York family and Jed. They’ve shown me nothing but respect. I have no hard feelings.

“I still feel like I’m part of the family. Even though I won’t be there, I’ll still feel part of the family.”

A 49ers’ cost-benefit analysis of Jimmy Garoppolo and QB trade options

Detroit cap hits

• 2021: $33 million

— $9.5 million base salary

— $13 million prorated bonus

— $10 million roster bonus

— $500,000 workout bonus

• 2022: $26 million

New team’s cap hits if traded

• 2021: $20 million

• 2022: $23 million

Garoppolo’s cap hit is set to be $26.9 million in 2021. Stafford’s number would only be $20 million for the 49ers. Though those cap savings obviously aren’t as big as the ones Watson’s contract would bring, keep in mind that any trade for Stafford would likely involve a contract extension that’d further lower his cap hit.

SF 49ers: 3 things to know about new DC DeMeco Ryans

Ryans effectively outperformed his rookie teammate, Williams, throughout the season. He picked up 156 total tackles which put him second in the league in that stat, and a whopping 126 of those were solo tackles which led the league. He also logged 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.

For his amazing rookie performance, he earned the 2006 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

How—and Why—the Senior Bowl Is Happening

What’s the first quarterbacking domino to fall?

I think it’s probably Matthew Stafford, and as a result of that, I think it was smart for the Lions to be aggressive in getting word out there.

The bottom line: We don’t know exactly what San Francisco or Vegas or the Rams are going to do, nor is there true certainty on how the Dolphins and Jets will make use of their Top-3 picks. So if you’re a quarterback-hungry team right now, the Lions are your first call. And with a chance of supply outweighing demand on the quarterback market a month from now, the best idea for a seller is to get ahead of that potential problem.