Insiders share team ‘will like’ Garoppolo

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Jimmy Garoppolo looks to the sidelines during the NFC Division knockout playoff game at Green Bay on January 22, 2022.

As of Friday, April 15, Google search for the San Francisco 49ers team roster and you’ll see Jimmy Garoppolo is still there.

The 30-year-old has long been the subject of commercial rumors following the NFC championship loss to the Los Angeles Rams. But the teams that needed the quarterback in March instead failed to strike a deal with the 49ers to attract Jimmy G.

One reason: Garoppolo’s shoulder surgery kept him out of training until the summer months. Names like Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz and DeShaun Watson have found the NFL’s new home while Garoppolo trade talks are in full swing.

However, with the NFL Draft two weeks away, that spectacle remains the main opportunity for the teams to have another blockbuster deal. And during an appearance on the ‘The Roar’ podcast on Thursday, an NFL insider revealed which NFL team “prefers” the veteran 49ers quarterback.

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The team will prefer Garoppolo to the first round pick

Johnathan Alexander of the Charlotte Observer appeared on the podcast “The Roar” to provide an update on the Carolina Panthers’ signal caller situation.

For now, the future looks hazy for Sam Darnold, whom the Panthers originally traded for last year through the New York Jets (which helped the Jets draft Zack Wilson in 2nd place overall). Cam Newton is also a freelance agent and there’s no telling if the Panthers will add him to the third mode.

Alexander, however, has shared who he trusts will run for Carolina’s 2022 opening day.

“I reported this on Monday. I think one of the Panthers full-backs when all said and done, will be Jimmy Garoppolo or Baker Mayfield,” said Alexander. “I wrote in my story that the reason the Panthers weren’t interested in Jimmy Garoppolo and Baker Mayfield was because their contract wasn’t something they wanted to take on. And that’s something they can’t take on. And they focused on Deshaun Watson.

“But $26.9 million (Jimmy) and $18.9 million for Baker Mayfield, they don’t want to pay that kind of contract and Sam Darnold. That’s where disinterest comes in,” Alexander continued. “But if that contract goes down, and the 49ers or the Browns agree to take that money, if they do, they become a lot more attractive.”

Watson, once again, has found another NFL home with the Cleveland Browns. But then this narration comes from Alexander, where he reveals who the Panthers want between Garoppolo and the former first overall pick, Mayfield.

“If you look at Jimmy G., I think it makes sense for the Panthers to prefer him to Baker,” Alexander said. “He’s had more success in the NFL.”

To compare there: Mayfield took the Browns to the playoffs once and drew 1-1 on aggregate in the post-season. Garoppolo guided the 49ers to the Super Bowl and NFC title game and led 4-2 on aggregate in the playoffs.

Not the first time Carolina has been linked with Jimmy G

This is the second time Garoppolo’s name has been mentioned as a possibility for the Panthers.

On March 25, Brad Graham of @TheSFNiners_ suggested this idea: the 49ers send Garoppolo and receive a valuable Panthers defender in return:

In addition to Alexander, The Observer’s Ellis L. Williams detailed his reasoning on Friday for why Jimmy G going to Carolina “could be a great fit.” Insiders share team ‘will like’ Garoppolo

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