Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio made an interesting point earlier in the week when referencing the 49ers’ call to the Panthers regarding a trade for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater:
“I’m looking at Teddy Bridgewater’s salary this season of $17M. Compensation package for Jimmy Garoppolo is $25M and maybe this is just a step towards going to Jimmy Garoppolo and saying ‘hey, we can’t pay you $25M this year, we can’t do it. That’s why we called about Teddy [Bridgewater], because he’s coming in at $17M.’”
Florio had a unique stance because most of us assumed that the call was either to see what the 49ers would have to pay for Bridgewater if they wanted him as the backup to a rookie or to gauge how interested Carolina was in the rookie options.
Kyle Posey and I certainly dug into our stances of why the 49ers made this call and how it signals what a front office does in the offseason. Their jobs are to evaluate every possible option and determine what’s best for the team moving forward. It could just be due diligence, it could be more, but we’ll likely never know.
We also touched on newly-signed Cardinals’ defensive lineman J.J. Watt and how that will impact the NFC West.
The last part of the podcast will feature an interview that I did earlier in the week with University of Washington defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike, a highly-touted draft prospect expected to go in the first three rounds.
Listen to the full episode below:
We also touch on a QB Collective tweet that made the rounds on Twitter on Tuesday night and gave our thoughts as to what it can signal.