Chicago Bears: Predicting how the quarterback carousel shakes out

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Jimmy Garoppolo might get cut, only then will he play for the Chicago Bears

Contract situation: 2 years left Ι $26 million AAV

If I am Ryan Pace, I am not sending any draft capital greater than a sixth-round pick to the 49ers for Jimmy Garoppolo. Rumors are he is likely to be released in 2021. Rumors are also that he is on the trade block, but I am not risking much for him with his injury history.

Should Garoppolo hit free agency though, then I am willing to call his agent and see how much it will cost to bring him in. The other team I could see making a strong push for Garoppolo is the New England Patriots. Garoppolo would likely choose to reunite with Bill Belichick instead of coming to Chicago, but money talks.

When healthy, Garoppolo is a better than average quarterback. He’s not elite by any means, but the one year he was healthy enough to start all 16 games, the 49ers not only went 13-3, but they also went to the Super Bowl.

Now, most of that was due to their strong running game (thanks to Kyle Shanahan), but Garoppolo finished the year with 3,978 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. You would like to see the interceptions a little lower, and this is the other knock on Garoppolo. He tends to turn the ball over, especially in some of the worst situations. He did this in the Super Bowl last year and allowed the Chiefs to come back and take home the Lombardi Trophy.

Predicted landing spot: San Francisco 49ers or New England Patriots