Kyle’s update, 12:48 PM PT: The Falcons have agreed to a two-year deal with QB Marcus Mariota, crossing another potential Jimmy Garoppolo landing spot off the list. Mariota reunites with Arthur Smith, who coached Mariota with the Titans.
Kyle’s update, 11:27 AM PT: ESPN’s Dianna Russsini tweeted that the Colts didn’t go after Jimmy Garoppolo over concerns about his shoulder injury. Russini said it wasn’t as much about the medical side as it was about the idea of Garoppolo missing time in the offseason with his new team, and that was a red flag for the Colts.
The Saints re-signed QB Jameis Winston to a two-year deal that gives Winston $21 million guaranteed. That’s another team that we can cross off the list.
Kyle’s update, 11:10 AM PT: It’s official:
Kyle’s update, 10:16 AM PT: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says that Matt Ryan and the Colts have made progress on a deal, although nothing is done yet.
Jay Glazer echoed that a deal is in the works:
Scoopage: Colts are trying to work out a trade right now with Atlanta for QB Matt Ryan @nflonfox. Not completed yet but trying to finalize— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 21, 2022
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said, “many around the league would be surprised” if a deal didn’t get done.
Cross Jimmy Garoppolo off the list for the Colts. That opens up the Falcons, but would they go for Garoppolo if they are looking to rebuild? That’s doubtful. Garoppolo suitors are going down by the day.
The first and second waves of free agency are done, but there are still dozens of high-end players available that every team should covet. Names like Terron Armstead, who former 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel is trying to lure to Miami with him, Bobby Wagner, Jadeveon Clowney, and Stephon Gilmore available, this week should be fun to follow.
Are the Niners done? I wouldn’t expect a signing that would move the needle. Julio Jones and Jarvis Landry are sure to tempt Kyle Shanahan, but as long as the team has $25 million tied up to their quarterback, don’t expect much.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that Arden Key is headed to visit with the Detroit Lions today. Key was great in his first year with San Francisco. His game blossomed under Kris Kocurek. But, after 6.5 sacks, Key was always going to test his market.
If Key walks, that leaves Nick Bosa, Samson Ebukam, and Charles Omenihu on the roster at edge rusher if we assume Arik Armstead remains at defensive tackle and the team is unlikely to get any meaningful production out of Dee Ford. In addition, Jordan Willis is an unrestricted free agent.
Omenihu has a bright future, but I’d imagine the team continues to add pass rushers in the draft.
Take the source for what it is, but CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora said this about the 49ers quarterback situation Monday morning and went on TV and doubled down:
But I keep coming back to San Francisco, too. “Mayfield has his faults, but he looks like a fit in (Kyle) Shanahan’s system to me,” as one NFL exec put it. All those boots and waggles. Throwing on the run. Emphasis on the tight end in passing game. Are the 49ers really willing to trade Jimmy Garoppolo without substantial QB insurance if Trey Lance really isn’t ready? I had a theory on a Jimmy G/Carson Wentz exchange, but Baker would make sense, too, and cost less than Garoppolo. Hmm.
If the Niners move on from Garoppolo and bring in Mayfield, this play may burn to the ground. Mayfield is a worse version and even more physically limited than Jimmy without the upside of Trey Lance and with more baggage than both quarterbacks combined. It would be a move that reeks of desperation.