Denver Broncos: Jimmy Garoppolo is an option for the team
According to Broncos insider Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos could target Jimmy Garoppolo if both Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are not options.
A piece of news within Broncos Country that perhaps slipped under the radar is what Mike Klis had to say on the Stokley and Zach Show on 104.3 The FAN a few days ago. Could the Denver Broncos be in the market for yet another quarterback?
"“The Broncos are looking at Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson. I think there’s a ‘Big Four’. Those two, with Rodgers being head-and-shoulders Plan A, Wilson Plan B, [Jimmy] Garoppolo and [Kirk] Cousins in that next group, also,” Klis told fill-in hosts James Merilatt and Mat Smith. “I guess the reason why you’d sell yourself on Garoppolo and Cousins is they’re still a step up from what you’ve got but you wouldn’t have to give up all your assets to get him.”"
Now, all of a sudden, the list of quarterbacks that the Denver Broncos could target in the offseason continues to grow.
I suppose it’s a good thing that general manager George Paton is keeping all options open. We’ve known for months now that the Broncos would have interest in both Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers.
We could kind of infer that the team would have some interest in Kirk Cousins, but Jimmy Garoppolo is a new one.
It makes sense, though, as the team will look to move him since they drafted Trey Lance in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jimmy G, as he’s called, will land a starting job for the 2022 season, and the Denver Broncos appear to be an option.
However, I struggle to see the benefit of trading for Garoppolo.
In my opinion, he isn’t good.
In his only full season in 2019, he passed for 27 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, for a passer rating of 102.0. He led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, but he couldn’t lead them to victory.
While his 2019 season is impressive, Garoppolo is incredibly limited as a quarterback.
He isn’t mobile and has subpar pocket awareness. His arm isn’t anything special, so it’s fair to wonder how he could perform in a cold Denver in November and December.
Also, while he’s been a mostly efficient quarterback while on the field, he has significant injury concerns, missing 13 games in 2018, 10 games in 2020, and one game in 2021.
Furthermore, I believe that Jimmy Garoppolo is comparable to Baker Mayfield; I believe both quarterbacks need a lot to go right to perform well.
In his efficient 2019 season, none of his stats jump out at you, and the 49ers not only had a top-five run game, but a top-five defense and an excellent play-caller in Kyle Shanahan.
I’m concerned that the Denver Broncos would not be able to put enough around Jimmy G in order for him to succeed.
I think he’s someone who needs a lot to go right, and even if he’s given that ‘a lot’ he also gives you at least one boneheaded mistake per game.
Some of his interceptions are quite pathetic and come at inopportune times.
In summation: I think Jimmy Garoppolo is bad, and it’s slightly concerning that the Denver Broncos would apparently have interest in his services.
I haven’t even talked about his contract. I would personally rather sign a different veteran free-agent quarterback for much less and let him and Drew Lock battle it out.
Please, stay away from Jimmy Garoppolo.