Jimmy Garoppolo will be a free agent at the end of the season. Which teams present the best overall fits for the veteran passer? Depending on who you ask, Jimmy Garoppolo is either a franchise quarterback or just another guy.
To me, he’s just another guy, but it does appear like he’ll have a market this offseason and should have a few potential suitors. We’ve seen Garoppolo in multiple NFC Championship games and in a Super Bowl, so if the situation around him is solid, then he should succeed.
Ranking the best fits for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2023 season
3. Atlanta Falcons
I think a solid fit for Garoppolo would be in Atlanta with the Falcons. They ranked third in the NFL this season in rushing yards.
That’s important because the 49ers, during Garoppolo’s tenure, usually always had a strong rushing attack, and I’m not sure Garoppolo can be trusted to pick up the slack if one part of the offense isn’t working.
Having that strong rushing attack, along with weapons like Kyle Pitts and Drake London would be an overall solid fit in a weak division.
If Atlanta could get their defense a bit more productive, then the Falcons could make some noise in 2023.
2. Carolina Panthers
To me, Derek Carr is the best fit for this team, but if they miss on out him, I think Jimmy Garoppolo makes a ton of sense as well. He’d be paired with Frank Reich, who has a solid track record of working with and getting production out of veteran QBs.
They have also added other coaches to the staff in Ejiro Ever, Duce Staley, and Jim Caldwell. Carolina is doing it right this time, and with their top pick, I think they’d also consider drafting a QB.
Signing someone like Garoppolo just in case would make sense and would also likely give the Panthers a clear avenue to win a ton of games in 2023.
1. New York Jets
The best fit for Garoppolo is the New York Jets. There’s a connection on staff with Robert Saleh, and at one point in 2022, the Jets were 7-4 and battling for the division title.
They’ve got a stout defense and an offense with a ton of playmakers. I’d hate to use the phrase “a quarterback away” since that has been disproved a bit, but they truly do have a strong roster that is missing a competent QB.
Even with the AFC East being as good of a division as they are, I’d like the Jets chances to make some noise in 2023, and Garoppolo would make a ton of sense.