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Jimmy Garoppolo favored to land with WFT or Steelers

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Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Will Jimmy Garoppolo get out of the frying pan and go straight into the fire?

Less than a day after San Francisco’s season ended with a loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, one sportsbook is offering odds on Garoppolo’s next NFL destination should the 49ers trade him this offseason.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Football Team opened as the co-+400 favorites at SportsBetting.ag.

Pittsburgh, one of the NFL’s most revered franchises, is replacing Ben Roethlisberger, who retired after 18 NFL seasons and two Super Bowl titles. The Steelers reached the postseason despite declining effectiveness in the passing game from Roethlisberger.

Washington has reached the playoffs only once since 2015 and hasn’t won a postseason game since 2005, but has a roster loaded with young talent on defense and at the skill positions. Journeyman Taylor Heinicke was adequate in taking over for injured Ryan Fitzpatrick this season but the WFT is expected to take a strong look more dynamic veteran quarterback options available this offseason.

Will Garoppolo be among them?

That debate heated up in the aftermath of the 49ers blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the Rams.

On one hand, Garoppolo led the 49ers to six wins in a seven-game stretch leading up to the NFC title game, including rallying San Francisco from 17 points down against the Rams in Week 17 just to reach the playoffs.

On the other hand, there is the presence of 2021 No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance. If the 49ers believe the former North Dakota State star is ready to take the reins of a championship-caliber team next season, coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch may decide to move on from Garoppolo.

Several playoff-caliber teams are likely to be in the market for a veteran quarterback, especially with the 2022 NFL Draft class considered to be weak at the position.

SportsBetting.ag opened the Garoppolo market with +550 odds on Tampa Bay as his next team with Tom Brady reportedly headed for retirement.

The Denver Broncos, who are also expected to be strong suitors for Aaron Rodgers should he request out of Green Bay, are next at +600. They’re followed by the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers and Las Vegas Raiders at +700.

If the 49ers do move on from Garoppolo, his final pass for San Francisco will have been an interception under immense pass rush pressure that effectively ended Sunday’s game.

“We’ll see what happens in these next couple days, weeks, whatever,” Garoppolo said after the game. “I love this team. Just the fight and the battle in this team throughout the entire year has been really impressive. And I love these guys.”

Jimmy Garoppolo Next Team Odds:
Steelers: +400
Washington: +400
Bucs: +550
Broncos: +600
Dolphins: +700
Panthers: +700
Raiders: +700
Packers: +1000
Texans: +1000
Browns: +1200
Colts: +1400

–Field Level Media