With Baker gone to Carolina, that leaves Jimmy G. Most likely destination? Houston. Hear me out. The ‘Niners are not going to trade Garoppolo within their division (Seattle) and would like to get him out of the NFC entirely. The Texans have a motherlode of draft picks from the Watson trade. Houston is in heavy like with second year QB Davis Mills (as am I), but I don’t know that they’re going steady yet.
This gets complicated. Garoppolo is coming off surgery on his throwing shoulder and hasn’t yet resumed throwing. No team is going to trade for Jimmy until they know he’s ok. Then there’s this. Trey Lance reportedly has developed a “tired arm” following Niners’ OTAs and mini-camp. “Tired arm” is football code for, “Oh, hell, this could last all year.” So, SF has to at least consider keeping Garoppolo around for this season. Frankly, I think that would be a smart move, because the rest of that SF team is good to go. Still, the Niners appear determined to throw the keys to Lance.
For the moment, Houston looks like Garoppolo’s most likely landing spot, with Atlanta also lurking.
You didn’t think Mike Gundy was going to pass up a chance to stir the pot, did you? The Oklahoma State head coach took a couple of potshots at Texas and Oklahoma Wednesday at the Big 12 Media Days gathering. Gundy suggested—ok, actually said straight-up—that the Longhorns and Sooners should not be allowed to attend the meetings, since they’re headed for the SEC in 2025, if not earlier. He framed that observation as unsolicited advice for new Big 12 Commish Brett Yormark, who no doubt appreciated that public tutelage. I keep trying to dislike Gundy. I can’t do it. I think he’s a hoot.