The NFL world has been wondering what’s going to happen with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo ever since the 9ers’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game.

According to Dan Sileo of The National Football Show with Dan Sileo, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers “would love” for Garoppolo to rekindle his New England Patriot days and be the heir apparent to Tom Brady.

“Garoppolo has two teams on the table right now that are trying to throw some deals together. The Buccaneers would love to have Jimmy G in Tampa as the heir apparent,” said Sileo.

But according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud, who is very tuned-in with the team, that’s not the case.

Outside of Stroud’s dismissal, there’s one big obstacle holding this up

With all due respect to Sileo, it’s wise to take Stroud’s word over Sileo’s in this instance.

There’s also another major obstacle that places Sileo’s report in a questionable light. And that’s money.

The Buccaneers have a little less than $12.5 million in cap space. The 49ers have a little less than $5 million.

Garoppolo’s salary -and cap hit- are both north of $24 million. Meaning, each team is going to have to make drastic moves in order to make a trade work.

Just look at Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers/Cleveland Browns. The 9ers are going to have to eat a lot of Jimmy G’s salary in a trade a la the Browns and Mayfield. However, they can only afford $5 million of that, right now.

Which would leave the Buccaneers with a bill of more than $19 million, plus a draft pick or picks, if they were to hypothetically trade for Garoppolo. And before we say, ‘The Buccaneers could incentivize the salary in order to reduce the hit!’, Garoppolo isn’t coming to Tampa Bay to compete for a starting job like Mayfield is in Panthers. Why would the Buccaneers do that?

And, the Buccaneers can only absorb a certain amount of the salary on their own. It won’t be much, either. Especially considering there are still a couple of positions on the roster (tight end, mostly) that need help.

Yes, the 49ers can rework contracts in order to create cap space so they can eat Garoppolo’s salary, but why do all that work, now? It just doesn’t make much sense.

Oh, and Garoppolo’s agent, Don Yee, shot down Sileo’s report, as well.

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