It was the obvious and most logical landing spot for Baker Mayfield. Which is why I’m at least mildly surprised that it happened. Obvious things rarely happen in the NFL.
Let’s cut to the chase. Mayfield will play well in Carolina if Christian McCaffrey is healthy. If CMC goes down again, Mayfield will instantly turn into Sam Darnold.
I would submit that CMC is the most important player for his team of anyone else in the league. With him, the Panthers are competitive. Without him, they are abysmal.
Who has the most skin in this game? Matt Rhule. If Baker fails, he’s baked.
So what do the Panthers do with Darnold now? And how does this impact the future for Matt Corral?
Now the focus sharpens on Jimmy G. I really don’t get all of this. Often, the best thing a team can do is nothing. Garoppolo, despite his limitations, is the best quarterback on the 49ers’ roster. He is 33-14 as a starting QB in the NFL. I said 33-14. Those guys don’t grow on trees. The Niners are a very good team, with a very good system. Jimmy G. has proved he can drive that bus. Trey Lance is simply not ready. The Niners have a window of opportunity here that will slam shut on their fingers if they throw the keys to Lance. That’s 7-10 waiting to happen.
There’s my rant. But it’s apparent that the Niners are dead set on trading or releasing Jimmy. Best fit for him? Seattle’s system is almost identical to San Francisco’s. But the Niners would be understandably reticent to trade him within their division and risk having that cigar blow up in their face twice a year.
Next best fit? Houston. But I earnestly hope that doesn’t happen. Not because I don’t like Garoppolo. I do. But I’ve seen enough of Davis Mills to believe he will end up being a very good NFL quarterback. Yep. You heard me. Mills will be money.