Zach Wilson’s knee injury could open door for 49ers-Jets Jimmy Garoppolo trade

Add a new team to the list of possible destinations for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The New York Jets’ preseason got off to the worst possible start Friday night when franchise quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a non-contact knee injury against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wilson was running into the open field and tried to make a cut. His right knee bent and he fell to the ground.

Former NFL team doctor David J. Chao, who provides analysis based on his years of studying injury videos, shared his opinion that he fears Wilson suffered a torn ACL. The injury would end the season for Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Garoppolo is currently available as the 49ers had the No. 3 overall pick last year and went with Trey Lance.

With Wilson visibly limping in the locker room after the game, Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters the team believed the ACL was intact, but they wouldn’t know for sure until after. an MRI on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Garoppolo’s future is uncertain.

The 49ers are hoping to trade Garoppolo, and it’s possible the Jets are interested in another quarterback. Currently, the Jets quarterbacks are Joe Flacco, Mike White and Chris Streveler.

The Jets could be interested in Garoppolo because he could almost immediately enter their system. Garoppolo appears to be making good progress in his throwing routine after shoulder surgery he underwent in March.

Former 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur is the Jets’ offensive coordinator under head coach Robert Saleh, the 49ers’ former defensive coordinator.

The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns are among other teams that may be interested in acquiring Garoppolo early in the season.

The 49ers want to trade Garoppolo in order to get something in return for his services.

The team gave their representation permission to seek a trade after the season. It seems doubtful that any team would be willing to pay Garoppolo his projected $24.2 million salary, so the sides would have to reach an agreement for a trade to happen.

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But any interested team could also be patient, knowing that the 49ers have no intention of retaining Garoppolo in the regular season.

If the 49ers can’t trade Garoppolo, the most logical scenario is that they would stick with him until the team hits the 53-man regular-season limit on Aug. 30.

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