Jimmy Garoppolo
Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers walks off the field after being defeated by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. The Rams defeated the 49ers 20-17. Christian Petersen/Getty Images


  • A Jimmy Garoppolo trade could still happen later this season
  • The 49ers are extending patience with Trey Lance after losing the Week 1 game
  • The Cowboys could be a plausible destination for Garoppolo

Although Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to a restructured deal to stay with the San Francisco 49ers, it does not mean that potential trade scenarios involving the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will go to rest.

Garoppolo will remain part of the roster in a backup capacity as the franchise begins the transition to Trey Lance as their starting quarterback for the 2022-23 NFL season.

No less than 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan made this clear even though Lance has been getting criticism in the early goings of the current NFL season.

"We were always clear to Jimmy that salary cap-wise and a backup role and supporting Trey [Lance] if that worked for him, that was a no-brainer for us," Shanahan said as quoted by Fox News.

Lance had his baptism of fire against the Chicago Bears as San Francisco was beaten badly, 19-10.

It comes as no surprise that the 22-year-old and the Niners have been drawing heavy criticism.

The question is whether or not there will be a change on who will be the starting play-caller for the Niners. For now, seeing that happen is unlikely.

Given that scenario, Garoppolo could drum interest from clubs who are looking for a reliable quarterback.

One team that could make sense is the Dallas Cowboys.

With Dak Prescott not expected to be back in action until Week 8 or Week 10, the buzz is that the Cowboys may skim the market for a short-time solution.

Shanahan mentioned that they are listening to offers.

"Just like all players, we'll listen to anybody on anything," Shanahan stated per The Athletic. "That never changes for any player or coach. We'll always listen to anybody."

Dallas will try to work it out with Cooper Rush and Will Grier, while Prescott sits on the sidelines.

Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones appears confident that the two can hold up the fort until the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback is ready to mix it up on the field once more.

"Those guys know the offense well, they've had a lot of reps in it and, consequently, give us our best shot. It's unlikely since we don't have any potential trade pending – not pending but in the mill – it's unlikely that you'd have a veteran quarterback that could get back in here and be ready to play as well as those guys can play, even if you thought you might have a talent advantage," Jones stated.

Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott reacts after a touchdown in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 56-14 NFL victory over the Washington Football Team
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott reacts after a touchdown in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 56-14 NFL victory over the Washington Football Team GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Richard Rodriguez