Cleveland listed as the favorite to acquire Garoppolo

Now that he's recovered from offseason surgery, the 49ers have given Jimmy Garoppolo and his agent permission to pursue a trade destination.

A Jimmy Garoppolo trade has seemed inevitable since last season, but he remains on the San Francisco roster as of early Tuesday morning.

However, the 49ers gave Garoppolo’s agents permission to seek a trade last week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Garoppolo has been cleared to start practicing after recovering from offseason shoulder surgery that delayed trade talks.

He has been the starter since late in the 2017 season, but second-year quarterback Trey Lance is expected to take over that role moving forward. Garoppolo is entering the final season of his contract and is scheduled to count $26.95 million against the 2022 salary cap. The 49ers have the right to trade him to any team of their choosing, as a no-trade clause was in play only for the 2021 season.

Offshore sportsbook BetOnline has released updated odds for where Jimmy G will end up (if traded). Cleveland remains the +225 ‘chalk’ to acquire him, despite a report from reporter Mary Kay Cabot that the Browns are not interested.

“The Browns are still not expected to pursue a trade for Jimmy Garoppolo even with the uncertainty over Deshaun Watson’s suspension,” Cabot wrote. “The Browns never seriously considered trading for Garoppolo this offseason, even before Watson hit the trade market in March.”

If Cleveland is indeed out on a trade, there could be some value on the Giants or Seahawks, who are both listed at +350 in the prop market. Seattle is arguably the only team in the NFL that would start Garoppolo right away, as the Seahawks have Drew Lock and Geno Smith as their top two options following the departure of Russell Wilson.

Seattle has some late-round draft picks available to make the trade happen, but San Francisco would need to be willing to deal him to a division rival. Another team that could be interested in Jimmy G is Houston, which is priced at +400.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said he believes the Texans are “deliberately slow playing the situation” and waiting for the “right chance” to grab the 30-year-old signal caller. General manager Nick Caserio drafted Garoppolo in 2014 with New England, so they have familiarity with each other. Houston’s current quarterback options are Davis Mills, Kyle Allen and Jeff Driskel.

The only other team that BetOnline has listed inside of 12-1 is Detroit, which is +500. The Lions are in the rebuilding process, so a veteran quarterback on the roster could help during the transition period.

The prop market does not specify that Garoppolo must end up on a roster due to a trade, so San Francisco releasing him would open up another opportunity for bettors to cash a ticket on one of the listed teams.  The Bears (12-1), Jets (20-1) and Saints (20-1) are the other squads being offered.

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