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Why the Steelers Trading for Jimmy Garoppolo is the Best Move to Make Right Now for the 2022 Season

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Why the Steelers Trading for Jimmy Garoppolo is the Best Move to Make Right Now for the 2022 Season

It’s been one full week since training camp has opened for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and so far, there has been no clear indicator of which quarterback is leading the way. While the competition continues to heat up, this is the Steelers’ chance to go get a player who has been there and done that: Jimmy Garoppolo.

Steelers should trade for QB Jimmy Garrapolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warming up before a game. Garoppolo is practicing without restrictions following off-season shoulder surgery. | Photo by USATSI

Garoppolo Has Experience

Steeler Nation may be asking, “Why would they add a fifth quarterback to the group?” For starters, out of all the quarterbacks that are currently on the Steelers roster, Garoppolo would stand above everyone else simply because he has the most success and the most experience in the NFL, including a trip to Super Bowl LIV in 2019. In joining the Steelers, he would become the oldest player in the quarterback room, but that’s not a bad thing given that the average age for the Steelers quarterbacks is 25.5-years-old. Garoppolo can use his experience to take the young quarterbacks, especially Kenny Pickett and Chris Oladokun, under his wing.

The quarterback battle has been underwhelming according to multiple reports. Mitch Trubisky is struggling with first ream reps and Pickett is following suit.

Brook Pryor, ESPN NFL Nation reporter covering the Steelers, spoke on The Fan Morning Show Thursday morning, sharing that what she’s seen at training camp so far is “uninspiring.”

“I think body of work as a whole, I have been most impressed with Rudolph… a little surprised that Trubisky has struggled and then Pickett looks like a rookie… like the game was a little too fast for him.”


Garoppolo Looks Ready

Following off-season surgery to address a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, footage out of camp suggests Garoppolo is healthy and ready to go.

“Jimmy’s doing a really good job, he’s building his stamina in the throwing program that was prescribed all along and working out really strongly and aggressively,” said 49ers general manager, John Lynch. “We’ll stay patient through with this one as well and come to a great conclusion for everybody involved,” he adds.

Garoppolo is cleared to practice with no restrictions, but he hasn’t been taking snaps with the team. Instead, he has been working off to the side.


Because of the Injury, it Wouldn’t Cost Much for the Steelers to Bring in Garoppolo

The ship has sailed in San Francisco for Garoppolo to be QB1 as second-year man, Trey Lance, is set to lead the franchise for the foreseeable future.

“We have moved on to Trey,” said San Fransisco 49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan. “This is Trey’s team. That’s nothing against Jimmy. We made that decision a year ago and we’re going with that… Jimmy knows we’re going with Trey, Trey knows we’re going with Trey, and our team does, and everyone likes both of those guys,” he adds.

ESPN Senior NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, also doesn’t expect Garoppolo to be a part of the 49ers in 2022:

“They’re hoping that all of a sudden, there will be a team out there that emerges that has interest in him,” said Schefter.

This all bodes well for the Steelers.

Since the 49ers are clear they want to part ways with Garoppolo, the asking price likely won’t be high. With already a loaded quarterback room in Pittsburgh, this opens the door for the Steelers to trade someone along the likes of Mason Rudolph along with a late-round pick so Garoppolo could slide into Rudolph’s spot. That is an instant upgrade. So far, in Rudolph’s three-year career, he’s played second fiddle to Ben Roethlisberger and has only amassed 2,366 yards passing, 16 touchdowns, and a QBR of 80.9. Compare that to Garoppolo’s career and it’s not even close – 11,162 passing yards, 71 touchdowns and a QBR of 98.9.

steelers, mason Rudolph, qb situation, 2022

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Mason Rudolph #2 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lines up under center in the first half during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The only issue that would hinder a deal is the money due to Garoppolo in 2022, but this is something the Steelers can work around. According to, the 49ers are set to pay Garoppolo $24.2 million in base salary. If the Steelers made a trade to acquire him, they would need to take on his salary with only $14.3 million in cap space, unless the team extends his contract and restructure other players’ salaries. Rudolph is set to make $3 million in 2022 so that would reduce the initial salary hit to $21.2 million.


The Steelers and Garoppolo Have One Thing in Common

As mentioned above, Garoppolo has some experience doing what only a select few individuals can do in the NFL – winning. Coincidentally, Head Coach Mike Tomlin knows a thing or two about winning as well (15 straight non-losing seasons). Since Tomlin has taken over at the helm for the Steelers, he was fortunate to have future Hall of Fame Roethlisberger taking the snaps, so bringing in a veteran would help fill that void.

Yes, drafting Pickett at 20 overall shows that there is a plan in place, and bringing in 27-year-old Trubisky on a team-friendly deal proves that the Steelers still have plans to win, but why not bring in a guy who’s been there and done that to pair with Tomlin?


Would you like to see Garoppolo in the black in gold? Let us know, below!


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  1. Tim frieze

    August 5, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Might as well give Him a Shot since our QB’S Are struggling

  2. James Joseph Tanner

    August 6, 2022 at 10:47 am

    I been wanting Jimmy G. Perfect fit and we need an Italian QB

  3. Tim Hioten

    August 6, 2022 at 11:08 am

    So we’re giving people “one full week” before deciding it’s time to move on with them? I say stick with what we have, at least give them a chance of more than 1 week before writing them off.

  4. John

    August 6, 2022 at 11:12 am

    I think it would be a great fit don’t think mitchs is going to work out i had high hopes mason would showcase his college days but ?let’s go get Jimmy, Brady was worried about Jimmy taking his job there’s something there

  5. Scott

    August 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    No. You can’t predict the season based in a week of practice. Mitch will be fine. Kenny will be fine. Jimmy G. is not an upgrade. If he was, we’d have made a move for him in spring. We didn’t. We made a move for Mitch. This is idiotic.

  6. Basil

    August 6, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    No chance this is happening. Waste of virtual ink

  7. Tommy Rollins

    August 10, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Jimmy G. is a born Steeler, a blue collar, gritty winner who is a football player first then a QB. Coach Parcells once said “you are what your record says you arr”, Jimmy’s a winner.

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