We can now add the New York Jets to the list of teams interested in 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
For the New York Jets, their preseason versus the Philadelphia Eagles got started to the worst possible start on Friday night when franchise quarterback Zach Wilson went down with a non-contact knee injury. Wilson, out on the field, attempted to take a shortcut. A crack appeared in his right kneecap, and he fell to the floor.
David J. Chao, a former NFL team physician who offers insight based on his years of viewing films of injury, expressed concern that Wilson suffered a ruptured ACL. If Wilson, the second overall choice in the 2021 NFL Draft, were to suffer that injury, his season would be done.
The 49ers passed on Garoppolo last year when they had the chance to draught third overall and instead selected Trey Lance.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters after the game that the team believes Wilson’s ACL is intact, but that they won’t know for sure until an MRI is performed on Saturday.
Garoppolo could likely have a quick impact on the Jets’ offense, which could pique their interest. After having shoulder surgery in March, Garoppolo appears to be making steady improvements in his throwing routine. Head coach Robert Saleh was the 49ers’ defensive coordinator before hiring Mike LaFleur as the Jets’ offensive coordinator.
There are a few more clubs that could be interested in getting Garoppolo before the start of the season, including the Seattle Seahawks and the Cleveland Browns. The 49ers are hoping to obtain valuable assets in exchange for trading with Garoppolo.
The organization has authorized his agent to negotiate a trade following the conclusion of the current campaign. It’s unlikely that any team would be prepared to pay Garoppolo his $24.2 million contract, so the two parties would need to agree on something else before a trade could take place.
Since the 49ers have no plans to keep Garoppolo through the regular season, any interested team might wait. Most likely, the 49ers will keep Garoppolo until the final roster cutdown to 53 players on August 30 if they are unable to trade him.
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