Broncos: 49ers blockbuster trade impact on George Paton’s plans?

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Nov 1, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Jimmy Garoppolo the next one to go?

The 49ers might not be trying to unload Jimmy Garoppolo anytime soon.

Now, this could be a 100 percent truthful and factual statement by Adam Schefter’s 49ers source. The 49ers do not have to trade Garoppolo, nor do they have to move off from him this year if they draft a quarterback.

Especially someone like Trey Lance who may require some seasoning before being thrown to the wolves in the NFL.

With that being said, the 49ers might be willing to deal Garoppolo for the right price considering they have now paid a premium for a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Garoppolo wouldn’t net the 49ers anything more than a day three pick given his injury history and the fact that they are obviously taking a quarterback, but he might be a serviceable starter worth inquiring about.

If they would rather keep Garoppolo as insurance for 2021 than trade him for a day three pick, then a deal probably won’t get done. Does Jimmy G. even make sense for the Broncos? Not really with a base salary of $24.1 million this year and $24.2 million in 2022.

If the 49ers were to cut Garoppolo loose? That might be a different story. Again, that doesn’t seem likely and the Broncos can’t really afford to wait for that to happen.