If Joe Judge returns as coach of the New York Giants in 2022, something that is expected to happen despite a record of 10-21 during his tenure, Daniel Jones is likely to return as a quarterback. What if the Giants could bring Jimmy Garoppolo to New York?
The referee says “I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us he’s a guy we want to play with.”
In a most recent Big Blue View poll78 percent of voters (1,914 out of 2,461) agreed that Jones should be the starter in 2022.
There has been plenty of speculation about the idea that the Giants are dealing with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. How did we get to Garoppolo though? Well. in a recent ESPN + article, Bill Barnwell suggested that scenario.
The 49ers swap Jimmy Garoppolo for the Giants for Daniel Jones and a third-round pick.
With Jones alternately injured and ineffective during his first three seasons, the Giants can not reasonably justify guaranteeing their quarterbacks fifth-year opportunity for the 2023 campaign. They have two first-round picks, which are currently expected to land at No. 5 and 6, but this is not a good draft for passers-by. They could try to swap one of those picks for a 2023 first round, but there is no guarantee they will be able to land two top-10 picks again.
A logical relapse plan could be Garoppolo, who began his career in New England in the same building as Giants coach Joe Judge. As I mentioned in the first scenario, the 49ers can not expect to pull off a first-class pick for Garoppolo, but by taking a flyer on Jones, the team gets a competent backup to push Trey Lance to the starting job. Jones may not end up as a first-class starter, but his athleticism should make him an advanced backup. Garoppolo would be the short-term starter for the Giants, who could take a quarterback in 2023 if he underwhelms.
I was asked about trading with Garoppolo several weeks ago and rejected the idea. I was actually quite dismissive of the idea.
“None. Not a chance. I’m not paying that kind of money and giving up capital to a quarterback who I do not think would make the Giants significantly better.”
Now? At the price point Barnwell suggests, it’s an idea worthy of at least serious discussion.
Garoppolo turns 31 next season. In his eight seasons, he has been better statistically than the 24-year-old Jones in his three. He is more skilled after taking the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl and compiling a record of 14-14 as a starting quarterback.
Garoppolo has never made a Pro Bowl or been given the name All-Pro. It’s fair to wonder how much Garoppolo’s success has been amplified by head coach Kyle Shanahan’s brilliance as an offensive play-caller and designer. Could Garoppolo have risen above the dysfunction that Jones has handled as a giant?
Like Jones, Garoppolo has an extensive injury history. By the end of this season, Jones will have missed 11 starts due to an injury in three seasons. Garoppolo missed 13 games in 2018, 10 last year, has missed one this year and may miss Sunday’s 49ers game against the Houston Texans.
Garoppolo will be in the final year of a five-year contract of $ 137.5 million in 2022. Add watch list and training bonuses for which the Giants may be responsible depending on the time of a potential trade to Garoppolo’s $ 24.2 million base salary, and the Giants can will have to carry a $ 25.6 million hit for Garoppolo in 2022.
Jones is in the final year of his $ 25.664 million rookie contract. He carries a ceiling of $ 8.365 million in 2022. The Giants must also decide before May 2 whether to pick up his fifth year option for 2023 at an estimated price of $ 21.369 million.
Eventually I land where I started – though perhaps not so violently. Garoppolo would be a marginal upgrade from Jones. However, I think I would rather keep the extra $ 17 million and the third round election and try to both get a handle on the ceiling situation and build the roster with the draft capital.
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