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Ex-49ers draft pick Jimmy Garoppolo is pushing this scenario

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Here’s what Jimmy Garoppolo accomplished after the NFC Championship game: Avoid being traded and fired as key dates have come and gone from March to now.

The start of the contract term of the free agency on March 16, 2022? No trade or cut for the San Francisco 49ers quarterback. The 2022 NFL draft also saw no potential trade candidates for Jimmy G. Finally, since June 1 is the official date when contracts can be restructured or terminated, Garoppolo has still remained on the 49ers’ 22-list.

But again, there are those who still believe Garoppolo is a better fit elsewhere. And a former 49ers draft pick has called for that scenario for Garoppolo and SF

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Long before he became one of ESPN’s prominent NFL voices and before his years as an NFL manager, Louis Riddick was a 1991 ninth-round draft selection from the Pittsburgh-based 49ers.

Now, Riddick’s personnel thinking still comes into play on television. And the former scout and director of player personnel took to NFL Live on Friday, June 10 to make this revealing statement about Garoppolo.

“Look, the 49ers aren’t going to trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the Seattle Seahawks in the division, but if they cut him — and it sounds like they will eventually cut him — I’d be done with that,” Riddick explained. “All about being the Seattle Seahawks.”

Count Riddick is among the NFL names who believe the Hawks should be keeping a close eye on Garoppolo’s situation. Seattle firmly believes that Drew Lock is QB1 in the post-Russell Wilson era. The Seahawks have already traded to lure Deshaun Watson and appeared uninterested in Baker Mayfield. However, NFL executives still believe Mayfield may be a good fit for Seattle.

But there are signs that Garoppolo may fit into the Pacific Northwest.

Why does Riddick, who only played one season with the ‘Niners before moving to the World League of American Football for the Sacramento Surge, think Garoppolo can succeed in Seattle?

“Why? Look, think about it: Shane Waldron, your offensive coordinator out there in Seattle, comes from the [Rams head coach] Sean McVay Tree, trains in LA with Sean. this offense [is] very similar in terms of construct, in terms of philosophy, that Kyle Shanahan carries out in San Francisco. It’s an offense tailored to Jimmy G’s style,” Riddick pointed out.

Riddick concludes that Garoppolo can give the 49ers’ rival the missing element in the QB room up north.

“Jimmy G is like the piece they’re missing,” added Riddick. “Seattle will set the table for any quarterback in the next year or two unless it’s Drew Lock or Geno Smith, which it won’t be. If it’s neither of those two, someone will inherit a football team that quietly formed itself. Jimmy G would be perfect for me for this and if he ever gets free because they won’t trade him to them again. I would have it all behind me quickly.”

He’s not the only ESPN personality who’s adamant Garoppolo can fit into a Seahawks uniform. Rob Ninkovich, a fellow ESPN, two-time Super Bowl champion and former Garoppolo teammate, believes that assisting Tom Brady earlier is Seattle’s best option.

“I really think if you even have a question in the quarterback room and you don’t have the guy? Jimmy G is the guy you want on your team,” said the former New England Patriots linebacker. “I know it might be a bit biased because I played with the guy. But as a young player I can tell you one thing: he’s a great locker room guy. He’s one of the best teammates you could wish for.”

“I really think if you even have a question in the quarterback room and you don’t have the guy? Jimmy G is the guy you want on your team,” said the former New England Patriots linebacker. “I know it might be a bit biased because I played with the guy. But as a young player I can tell you one thing: he’s a great locker room guy. He’s one of the best teammates you could wish for.”

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