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Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Date of Birth:  11/02/1991
Age:  30
Height  6'2"
Weight:   225
College:  Eastern Illinois
Drafted:  2014 | Round 2 | Pick 64
Depth Chart:  Starter

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB


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Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo will play in Week 7.

Garoppolo missed just one game with his calf injury, and the Niners will have their starter back on Sunday night. Jimmy G should have a slightly higher floor and ceiling this week with Trey Lance (knee) out.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) is out for Week 5.

Garoppolo was going to test his calf today and see if he could throw without limitation, but it obviously did not go as he and the team had hoped. Now, third overall pick Trey Lance will make his first career start in an NFC West matchup with the Cardinals. The hope is that Jimmy G doesn’t miss much more time with the calf issue.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) has a chance to play in Week 5.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says the calf issue isn't quite as bad as they might have feared, and that Garoppolo might play this Sunday against the Cardinals. It's pretty funny that Garoppolo said he hopes it's "just a couple of weeks or something" and everyone ran with it as a timeline. Jimmy G might miss time, but San Francisco is hoping he can get out there for an NFC West matchup. Clearly, Shanahan would prefer to play the veteran over the rookie Trey Lance.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo out to begin the second half.

[UPDATE: It is a calf injury for Garoppolo.] Garoppolo is without his helmet on the sidelines, and rookie Trey Lance is in at quarterback for the Niners. It appears Jimmy G might be dealing with an injury, but we'll update you when more information becomes available. In the first half, Garoppolo was 14/23 for 165 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The 49ers activated the 21-day practice window for Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle).

[UPDATE: The Niners say Garoppolo will not play on gameday.] This gives San Francisco an opportunity to potentially activate Garoppolo over the final two weeks of the regular season. The Niners have clearly been a much better team with Jimmy G on the field since he joined the team (just look at their record), but the team may still want to get another look at him ahead of potentially making a quarterback decision this offseason.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is expected to miss an extended period of time.

Garoppolo has been dealing with a high-ankle sprain since early in the season, and after leaving Sunday's loss to the Seahawks early, it sounds like the team is essentially shutting down their quarterback until he is 100%.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is officially questionable to return for the 49ers.

Garoppolo is limping to the locker room, and Nick Mullens is now entering the game for the Niners down 30-7 at Seattle. We don't see Jimmy G returning to today's game, and now he's in jeopardy for Week 9 on a short week this Thursday against the Packers. Before leaving, Garoppolo was 11/16 for 84 yards and one interception.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The 49ers are benching Jimmy Garoppolo to start the second half.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says the team is benching Garoppolo down 30-7 "to protect him." Remember, Garoppolo is coming off a high-ankle sprain, and Shanahan has previously said that there is no chance he would lose his starting job. However, Shanahan doesn't want Jimmy G to continue getting beat up by the Miami defense, and perhaps C.J. Beathard can give the offense a spark off the bench like he did last Sunday night.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will start in Week 5.

This was fully expected after Jimmy G returned to practice, but it's good to hear head coach Kyle Shanahan confirm it. The Dolphins are improving defensively with cornerback Byron Jones likely back across from Xavien Howard, so Garoppolo will be more of a low-end QB2 in his return.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) was officially limited in today's practice.

Ideally, Garoppolo will be able to get up to a full practice to end the week and avoid the final Week 5 injury report, but more information on his status this weekend should be out tomorrow.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will practice on a limited basis today.

The participation is a great first step to get Jimmy G back on the field, but we'll see if San Francisco makes sure their starter is 100% after C.J. Beathard showed well off the bench last week. Getting in a full practice by Friday would put Garoppolo under center this weekend.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) officially remains out of practice.

The hope was that Jimmy G would be able to play this Sunday night against the Eagles, but it appears that he's on the doubtful side of things after missing another practice today. The final Week 4 injury report will be out tomorrow.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is not practicing on Wednesday.

Garoppolo not even getting in a limited session isn't a good sign for his Week 4 outlook, but perhaps the Niners are just taking thing slow with their starting quarterback. If Jimmy G ends up sitting again, Nick Mullens would make another start as San Francisco hopes to improve to 3-1.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is not expected to practice this week.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says he'd be "surprised" if Jimmy G practices later this week, so it'll be Nick Mullens taking the first-team reps ahead of this Sunday's game against the Giants. We'll let you know if Garoppolo is able to get on the practice field, but that might not be until Friday when the final Week 3 injury report is released.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) has a chance to play in Week 3.

There was thought that Jimmy G would miss at least one week with a high-ankle sprain, but head coach Kyle Shanahan now says that his starter will have a shot at suiting up because the injury isn't that bad. Even if he plays, Garoppolo might be more of a low-end QB2 option against the Giants considering how banged up his supporting cast currently is. We'll see how much practice he gets in this week.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo has a high-ankle sprain.

This explains why Garoppolo missed the second half against the Jets, and now it'll be about seeing if the Niners starter can tough it out and play through the injury. He'll be at less than 100%, but we expect that Jimmy G will be able to play through the high-ankle sprain moving forward. [UPDATE: Kyle Shanahan says that Garoppolo will likely be out next week and that Nick Mullens will start for the Niners.]

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is out for the rest of today.

Jimmy G was hobbled in the first half, and it'll be Nick Mullens that plays quarterback for the Niners in the second half with San Francisco up 21-3 over the Jets. Hopefully Garoppolo is fine for Week 3, but we should get more information after the game. Before leaving, Garoppolo was 14/16 for 131 yards and two touchdowns, both to tight end Jordan Reed.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo outduels Drew Brees in a thrilling shootout victory.

Garoppolo was 26-of-35 for 349 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the 48-46 victory—which ended on a 30-yard field goal by Robbie Gould as time expired. 49ers-Saints quickly turned into full-blown shootout, and Jimmy G showed he was up for the challenge with scores to Kendrick Bourne (twice), Emmanuel Sanders (a 75-yard deep ball), and George Kittle spread across all four quarters. San Francisco now has the No. 1 seed in the NFC with three weeks to go, and there should be no questions about Garoppolo's ability to perform in big games next month. He will get QB1 consideration against the Falcons in Week 15.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo says he will be “good to go” for the start of training camp.

Garoppolo’s rehab has apparently gone smoothly without any setbacks, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see San Francisco limit their starting quarterback during camp. This is clearly a great sign for a 2019 breakout, though, and Jimmy G is one of several late-round options that will have QB1 potential, especially if the young receivers (namely Dante Pettis and Deebo Samuel) step up.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) participated in a full team drill during minicamp.

Today was the final day of Niners minicamp, and Garoppolo was able to get in for one play during a full team drill, but apparently it was an accident. Still, the hope was that Jimmy G would be 100% at some point during the offseason program, and he looks to be very close to that point after he got in there on an 11-on-11 setting for a play. Garoppolo should be full-go for the start of training camp this summer as he puts last season's torn ACL behind him, but we'll update you on Day 1 of camp.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The Niners hope Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) will be ready for OTAs.

Niners GM John Lynch told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on the "Rapsheet and Friends" podcast that the team is "hopeful [Garoppolo is] going to be able to take part in our OTAs. This comes a day after Lynch said Garoppolo was throwing the football to running back Jerick McKinnon, so it sounds like Garoppolo's recovery and rehab is going great. Expect San Francisco's franchise quarterback to be out there sometime this spring, but he should be 100% well ahead of training camp if not.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (knee) is throwing, Niners GM John Lynch says.

Lynch was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said that he looked outside his office the other day and saw his franchise quarterback throwing to running back Jerick McKinnon, who is also coming off a torn ACL. Obviously, Jimmy G could've just been standing there tossing the ball without much effort, but it's still a good sign that he's out there and putting in some work at the facility not even four months after tearing his ACL in Week 3 against the Chiefs. Garoppolo might be ready for offseason training, but he should be ready for training camp at the very latest. San Francisco, a team that's been speculated as a potential suitor for All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, looks set to add more weapons around Garoppolo this offseason, which would give his fantasy outlook a boost heading into 2019.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo officially suffered a torn ACL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This was the expectation yesterday, and unfortunately the tests confirmed the news. Obviously, this is a huge blow for the Niners, as Garoppolo is the team’s leader and franchise player. Jimmy G’s season ends with a 59.6% completion percentage, 718 yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions in three games (with the three interceptions coming against an elite Minnesota defense to open the season). Garoppolo will now have plenty of time to rehab and should be 100% well ahead of the start of next season. The Niners should be stronger around Garoppolo in 2019, and he’ll offer obvious QB1 potential as one of the league’s best quarterbacks. C.J. Beathard, who gained valuable experience as a rookie last season and showed major flashes, is the next man up for San Francisco.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The Niners fear a torn ACL for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Unfortunately, this was kind of obvious after Garoppolo suffered a non-contact knee injury, and Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan said a torn ACL is the fear. Garoppolo will get an MRI tomorrow, but it looks like the Niners will be without their prized franchise quarterback for the rest of the season. Hopefully we hear some surprise good news, though.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo suffers apparent leg injury against the Chiefs.

Garoppolo scrambled on a long third-and-goal with the Niners down by 14 in the fourth quarter against Kansas City, and he took a big hit on the sideline as he went out of bounds. But the injury looked like it might have occurred when he planted his leg, and he's receiving medical attention. This has the look of a potentially serious injury, and we'll update you as more information becomes available.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo has a modest game in win over the Lions.

Garoppolo went 18/26 for 206 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions as the Niners topped the Lions, 30-27. In the first half, Jimmy G connected with Kendrick Bourne from four yards away, and then hit Garrett Celek for an 11-yard score in the third quarter. Garoppolo hasn't put up big-time numbers in either of his first two games, but that has a very good chance of being corrected in Week 3 against the Chiefs. He should be in lineups as a QB1 for a potential shootout with Patrick Mahomes.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo throws three interceptions in first-career loss as a starter.

Garoppolo had about as tough of a matchup as possible to open the season, as the Niners faced the Vikings in Minnesota. Jimmy G went 15/33 for 261 yards, one touchdown, and one interception along with two carries for six rushing yards in the Week 1 loss. The Vikings did a good job of keeping constant pressure on Garoppolo, who was sacked three times in the game. One interception was a pick-six by rookie corner Mike Hughes on a pass to the flat where the receiver slipped, but it looked like it would have been intercepted regardless because it was thrown inside. And the final interception was a game-sealer by All-Pro safety Harrison Smith on a pass over the middle. The touchdown was an amazing throw, as Garoppolo was fading backwards and lofted a perfect pass to the back of the end zone into rookie Dante Pettis' hands. Things should get easier next week at home against the Lions.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The 49ers and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agree to long-term contract, according to Mike Garafolo.

According to Garafolo, it's a five-year, $137.5 million contract for Garoppolo, which is $27.4 million per year and the biggest deal in NFL history. Despite only starting five games for the Niners and two for the Patriots (and going 7-0), Garoppolo got to spend three-plus years in New England with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and has shown more than enough on the field in his limited action to make him worth this deal. Jimmy G appears to have the same type of poise Brady has shown over the years, and we anticipate him living up to this contract for the Niners. Looking ahead to next season, Garoppolo will have very high upside as a QB1 in all fantasy drafts, with San Francisco flush in cap space and almost certain to add a lot of help on offense this offseason.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

49ers, Garoppolo "moving closer" to long-term contract, according to Ian Rapoport.

This is the least bit surprising, as the Niners clearly have one of the NFL's premiere franchise quarterbacks and want to keep him with the franchise long-term. Rapoport says some work has to be done, but that a deal could get done in the "near future" and it is expected pay Garoppolo in the "upper echelon of NFL QBs." Worst case scenario for the 49ers is they use the franchise tag on Jimmy G to lock him up for 2018, but a long-term deal should get done.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

49ers GM John Lynch says they're "working hard towards" signing Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lynch spoke to Alex Flanagan during the Senior Bowl and made it clear that they want Jimmy G with the team long-term. There isn't any question why they want him as their quarterback, and it would be a major surprise if something didn't come together. Garoppolo would probably get offered the highest contract in NFL history if he was to hit free agency, to the Niners will probably franchise tag him if they can't agree on a long-term deal. 49ers fans should not be concerned about losing Garoppolo.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo improves to 5-0 with the 49ers in season finale win.

Garoppolo was 20/33 for 292 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the 34-13 victory. He was facing the backups for Los Angeles, but Jimmy G is now 7-0 to start his career with the Patriots and Niners. In six appearances (five starts) this season, Garoppolo completed 67.4% of his passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions, but he played better than the touchdown-interception ratio might suggest. Now, he will get a full offseason in Kyle Shanahan's offense and will almost certainly have improved skill-position players around him in 2018. The sky is the limit for San Francisco, and Garoppolo will be worth drafting as a solid QB1 option next summer.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo plays lights out against the Jags, improves to 4-0 this season.

Garoppolo faced his toughest test of the season against the Jaguars, and he passed in flying colors to remain undefeated as a starter in the NFL. The fourth-year quarterback is been simply amazing this season, as he doesn't have a ton of help around him and is still leading his team to victories. Garoppolo was 21/30 for 242 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with a rushing touchdown on a quarterback sneak. Jimmy G will look to make it 5-0 next week against the Rams, but he'll be carrying a ton of momentum into 2018 either way. He's been so good that you can consider him as a QB1 for Week 17.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo orchestrates game-winning drive; improves to 3-0 with the Niners.

Garoppolo was 31/43 for 381 yards, one touchdown, and no turnovers. The yards were a career high in the 25-23 win, and Jimmy G found Garrett Celek for his touchdown pass. Kyle Shanahan's complex offensive system should take years to master, but Garoppolo hasn't struggled much with it so far in San Francisco. He will have his most difficult task next week against Jacksonville, so those in the fantasy championship should look elsewhere in Week 16.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo leads 49ers to second-straight victory.

Garoppolo continues to look comfortable without a strong supporting cast around him in San Francisco, going 20/33 for 334 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Week 14 victory against Houston. The touchdown was on a bootleg pass to tight end Garrett Celek in the flat, and Garoppolo threw accurate passes to all areas of the field throughout the game. Next week against the Titans could be a tougher matchup for Garoppolo, but he's now 2-0 as the Niners starter and probably has a lot of confidence heading into the matchup. He's a QB2 option in fantasy lineups.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo gets win in first 49ers start.

Garoppolo didn't throw any touchdowns against the Bears, but he moved the offense and led a 14-play, 86-yard drive to set up a game-winning field goal at the end of the game. Garoppolo was 26/37 for 293 yards and an interception along with four carries for eight yards on the ground. The fourth-year quarterback certainly looks like he's been playing behind Tom Brady for the last three-plus years, as he's very composed back there in the pocket and outside the pocket. He's not yet a highly-reccomended fantasy option, but Garoppolo is an excellent dynasty league hold.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo will start on Sunday for the 49ers.

This will be Garoppolo's first start with his new team, so the presumptive franchise quarterback will begin what's hopefully a long string of starting and winning games for San Francisco. Kyle Shanahan's offense is one of the most difficult to learn in the NFL, and Shanahan has said it could take a couple years to really get the hang of the offense, but Garoppolo will now have these five games to carry momentum into 2018. This will be the 26-year-old's third career start, but he's been very impressive in his limited time playing for the Patriots and 49ers over the last couple of seasons. The supporting cast around Garoppolo isn't great, so he's not yet a recommended fantasy option, despite his high upside.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo throws touchdown in first appearance as a 49er.

Garoppolo again didn't start the game for the Niners, but C.J. Beathard injured his leg on San Francisco's final drive, forcing the franchise quarterback to enter the game. Jimmy G played very well in his few snaps, going 2/2 for 18 yards and a touchdown while adding a four-yard carry. The young quarterback clearly has a lot of poise back there, and his touchdown pass as time expired was on a dime to Louis Murphy in the end zone. If Beathard is healthy he might remain the starter and give Garoppolo more time to get comfortable in Kyle Shanahan's system, but Garoppolo might make his first start for the 49ers next week against the Bears. He'd be an intriguing option if he does get the start, but the 49ers don't have a ton of weapons around the quarterback.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo will not start in Week 12.

Garoppolo was expected to start this week after the team's bye week in Week 11, but the 49ers are sticking with C.J. Beathard for now. It would've been nice to see Garoppolo hit the field with his new team, but the bright side is Beathard gets more experience as he looks to develop as an excellent backup behind the franchise quarterback. Garoppolo is still likely to start some games this season, but there will only be five weeks left after this game against the Seahawks.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start in Week 12, according to Jay Glazer.

Glazer just said on FOX NFL Sunday that the plan is to have him play against the Seahawks when they return from their Week 11 bye week. It'd be an ideal spot, as the extra week would give Garoppolo more time to prepare as the starter. A five-game stretch to end the season will be interesting to watch, especially with Garoppolo's contract being up after the season, but he's not yet a recommended pickup on an offense that doesn't have a ton of playmakers around him.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo might not play for the 49ers this season.

Garoppolo is very likely to play, but it won't happen until he's ready, as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said, "I can't promise you that he will play this year." This isn't the case of the Niners simply wanting to sit Garoppolo to keep him healthy for a more competitive team next season—he plays quarterback and it's going to take some time to learn a new offense. Until Jimmy G is comfortable enough with the playbook to play in a full game, he won't be the starter. Garoppolo could be a quick study and start as soon as Week 10 against the Giants, though.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The Patriots trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers.

Well, Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers look like they might have their franchise quarterback. After months of speculation about a potential Garoppolo trade, one comes the night before the trade deadline in a surprising move that sends Garoppolo to the Niners for a 2018 second-round pick, according to Adam Schefter. Garoppolo will need time to adjust to the offense, but he'll be making starts sooner than later—likely with his first one with the Niners coming in Week 10 against the Giants. For fantasy purposes, Garoppolo is worth a look if you're really struggling at quarterback, but he'll probably be a lot better in future years than he will be after making a mid-season switch to San Francisco—though this will be a big upgrade for both Carlos Hyde and Pierre Garcon for this season. This also confirms that the Patriots believe (smartly and accurately) that Tom Brady will be playing into at least his mid-40s.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo plays over a half in preseason game against Detroit.

Jimmy G was 7/12 for 83 yards after entering for Tom Brady, who played almost the entire first half of the Week 3 preseason game. Garoppolo helped lead the game-winning drive that led to a field goal as time expired. We'll see if Garoppolo gets time in the Patriots' final preseason game or if Jacoby Brissett will handle things.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy G gets extensive playing time in second preseason game.

Tom Brady played after sitting out the first preseason game, but Garoppolo still got a lot of work against the Texans. The fourth-year quarterback was 15/23 for 145 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It was interesting that Garoppolo's touchdown to D.J. Foster came on the same exact route Brady threw his touchdown to Rex Burkhead. Garoppolo will certainly draw a ton of interest from other teams if/when he reaches free agency as an unrestricted free agent.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Patriots give Jimmy G a lot of playing time in first preseason game.

Tom Brady and the starters didn't play, so Garoppolo played into the second half of the game. He was 22/28 for 235 yards and two touchdowns. It's obvious Garoppolo will be starting somewhere in the NFL someday, but it might not be in New England with Tom Brady looking like he's not even close to done.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy Garoppolo is limited in Patriots minicamp today.

Mike Reiss thinks Garoppolo is dealing with a minor leg injury. It shouldn't be too big of an issue, and he could be back before minicamp is over.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Adam Schefter tweets that Jimmy Garoppolo is not going anywhere.

The slightly peculiar tweet started with "ICYMI (in February)". Schefter said despite his name popping up in rumors, it's "not happening." There could always be some kind of hidden agenda from whoever is giving this info to Schefter, but it's likely that Schefter keeps hearing the Patriots are definitely keeping Garoppolo. As of now, the most likely scenario is probably Garoppolo backing up Tom Brady for another season, then the Patriots franchise tagging and trading him next offseason.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The Browns will not trade the number one overall pick for Jimmy Garoppolo or any other quarterback, Hue Jackson said.

Cleveland is apparently locked in on Myles Garrett at number one overall. Jackson did say they are still looking for a franchise quarterback and will "exhaust every opportunity" to find one. A trade for Jimmy Garoppolo still remains a possibility for the Browns, who have a lot of draft capital over the next two seasons.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Jimmy G's Instagram apparently hacked.

There was a post on Jimmy Garoppolo's Instagram at around 4:00 AM ET saying goodbye to New England. The post has since been deleted and his account was apparently hacked. There was speculation yesterday that Garoppolo could be traded to the Browns, but all media reports have stated that the Pats want to hold on to Garoppolo; however, they could be driving up the price as much as they can.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

The Patriots are not expected to trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, according to Adam Schefter.

Perhaps the top potentially available quarterback is not available after all. Garoppolo has one more season left on his rookie contract, and the Patriots must be content with keeping him on the team in case something happens to Tom Brady next season. The Patriots would get a compensation pick in 2018 if and when Garoppolo signs with another team as a free agent in 2018.

Jimmy Garoppolo | 49ers QB

Quarterback Josh McCown raves about Jimmy Garoppolo.

McCown says Garoppolo has "elite" skills and has the ability to "maybe carry a franchise." The veteran quarterback says he watched film on Garoppolo during the season because they had a common opponent (the Dolphins) and he sees some of what he saw in Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr in Garoppolo. Playing behind Tom Brady for three seasons, Garoppolo has been talked highly about by many people, including Bill Belichick. We also think it's pretty obvious that Garoppolo has a lot of potential.

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