So, in with Jimmy Garappolo, out with Kirk Cousins. And, for his 0-6 efforts, Brian Hoyer goes from worst to first. Reminds me of David Baas, the O-line guy who did squat here for five years, then went to the Giants and won a Super Bowl ring.
Have to hand it to John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan, they’re keeping it interesting at least. We’ll see if Garappolo is worth all the hoopla or becomes another in a list of guys who backed up Tom Brady and went on to splat elsewhere.
Meanwhile, CJ Beathard has at least two more games as starter to flounder his stuff. And the schedule is handing him a chance to be the first, and maybe only, QB to bring home a win this year.
Arizona comes to town next Sunday, freefalling toward the basement currently owned by the 49ers. The Cardinals barely beat the Niners in Arizona last October 1, and have since lost their QB, Carson Palmer, for the rest of the year.
Garappolo will be a free agent at the end of the season, so the Niners are basically risking a very high second round pick to have the first crack at signing him this offseason. They can also franchise him. The price tag for that would be some $25+ million, which puts Garappolo in the enviable position of getting paid elite QB money with only three starts to his NFL career. It would also give him a higher salary than Brady, making his three starts worth more than five rings!
And that’s your economics class for today.