One of the side effects of the 49ers’ injury-ravaged 2020 campaign has been the carryover of offseason conversations about Jimmy Garoppolo’s viability as a long-term answer at quarterback.
A step forward in his second full season in Kyle Shanahan’s offense was expected. Instead, the quarterback fell victim to a high ankle sprain in Week 2 that pushed him out for Weeks 3 and 4, got him benched in his Week 5 return, and then hampered him in his ensuing starts until he suffered another high ankle injury in Week 8 that landed him on IR.
The 49ers have a potentially tumultuous offseason coming with a slew of key players set to hit free agency and a salary cap that could be plummeting as much as $40 million.
There are a variety of potential solutions to the roster and salary cap issues facing San Francisco in the upcoming offseason, but one of them is to part ways with Garoppolo to save $24.1 million against the cap, draft a quarterback, and sign a free agent who can help them compete for a title while the rookie quarterback gets a ‘redshirt’ year to get acclimated to the offense.
If the 49ers go that route, here are the potential options available in free agency: