NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Los Angeles Rams were aiming to sign Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. After the San Francisco 49ers failed to find a trade partner for Garoppolo, the two sides decided to restructure Garoppolo's deal and return the quarterback on a one-year deal.
Had the 49ers decided to release Garoppolo, the veteran quarterback would have likely signed with the Rams. "Had the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo been unable to agree to a restructured contract this summer, the rival Los Angeles Rams were lurking as a possible destination for the veteran quarterback, league sources told ESPN.
Garoppolo and the Rams had the makings of a deal if he was released by the Niners, who were unaware that the defending Super Bowl champions were looking into signing him, according to sources. The 49ers didn't learn about the Rams' interest until after they agreed with Garoppolo on a one-year deal worth up to $16 million, sources said," Schefter wrote on Instagram.
Garoppolo admitted to exploring other opportunities
After agreeing on a restructured one-year deal with the 49ers, Garoppolo admitted that he did have talks with other teams.
"Seeing the other opportunities that were out there and you weigh in the pros and cons of everything," Garoppolo told reporters after staying with the 49ers. "Trust me, there was a lot of back and forth going on just with other teams and what I wanted my future to look like.
And so, this is what I wanted." After the 2021 season ended, Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford took an anti-inflammatory shot to treat his elbow injury. The Rams have been insisting in recent weeks that Stafford's elbow has been fine, but them trying to sign Garoppolo shows that they have concerns regarding Stafford's health. But nothing happened as Garoppolo is set to stay with the 49ers for at least one more season.