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Seahawks rumours: Super Bowl QB gets clearance to trade

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The Seattle Seahawks have been linked with quarterbacks all offseason after selling their star QB Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. While most of these rumors have come to nothing, a recent report from the league’s biggest insider is getting these trading rumors up and running again.

ESPN’s Adam Scherter tweeted Wednesday, July 20, that the San Francisco 49ers had officially given quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and his agents Don Yee and Carter Chow permission to see a trade with another team.

The situation is quite unique as most trade negotiations take place between two teams. With Garoppolo’s desire for a fresh start and former third overall winner Trey Lance waiting behind him, both sides have decided to see if the 30-year-old’s agents can find a suitable trading partner.

The 49ers players will report to training camp on July 26 and it’s unclear if Garoppolo will be in attendance or if he decides to hold out until the team can trade him.

With Garoppolo’s agents officially able to begin searching for a trade, the challenge for the team is to find a suitable trading partner. With all the off-season quarterback shuffling that’s already happened, there are few realistic trading partners left.

The Seahawks remain the most logical remaining landing spot, with Geno Smith and Drew Lock currently competing for the starting job. While Seattle is the best-planned landing spot, trading within the division is difficult given the rivalry and playoff berths at stake.

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Divisional rivalry aside, Garoppolo’s health and contract will also play a role in a potential trade. Garoppolo is expected to return mid-August after off-season shoulder surgery and resume throwing fully, which would mean he would theoretically only have a few weeks of practice ahead of Week 1 of the 2022 season.

Financially, the 49ers will find it difficult to delay Garoppolo’s contract. He is in the last year of his contract and is expected to make nearly $27 million against the cap. If the 49ers aren’t willing to pick up some of that salary, it’s going to be a lot harder to get a trade this late in the offseason.

However, Garoppolo’s options could open up significantly if he is sacked. The 49ers would only take a $1.4 million dead-cap hit if they cut it, and it would allow Garoppolo’s agents to work out a more reasonable deal with a team interested in the veteran QB.

If that doesn’t happen, the 49ers may wait until close to move their veteran quarterback.

The Seahawks could very well go into the regular season without a new quarterback on their roster. If that happens, a fight at training camp between Smith and Lock will determine Seattle’s Week 1 starter.

Smith has spent more time on Seattle’s offense and looked solid coming up in 2021 in place of an injured Wilson. However, Lock has the arm talent and the advantages as a younger quarterback looking for a fresh start after problems in Denver. Lock shone during his college days in Missouri, even leading the nation in touchdowns as a junior.

If the Seahawks decide to trade for another quarterback, there aren’t many other realistic options outside of Garoppolo. Former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew is currently a backup at Philadelphia, but some Seahawks analysts have stalled the team from making that trade.

Green Bay Packers backup Jordan Love could be another option considering Aaron Rodgers has decided to return to the team rather than retire. As a former first-round pick, Love has had very few opportunities to see the field as a replacement for Rodgers, and a team with a strong offer could potentially snap up the unproven good.

However, training camp is fast approaching, so if a trade is to happen, it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

However, training camp is fast approaching, so if a trade is to happen, it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

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