Report: Colts, 49ers trade talks almost included Jimmy Garoppolo

The Indianapolis Colts made a splash in the off-season when they traded in for DeForest Buckner with the San Francisco 49ers, but quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seemed almost a part of the deal.
Though that part of the trade never got bogged down, Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer reported in his MMQB column that Garoppolo's name came up during last off-season trade talks.
Indianapolis appears to be the natural landing place for Stafford. So the question is whether GM Chris Ballard and trainer Frank Reich would see Stafford as band aid or more. The team went to Rivers with a band-aid last year after taking a shot with Jacoby Brissett in 2019 (and that was after Jimmy Garoppolo's name briefly emerged in DeForest Buckner's trade talks with San Francisco).
That would have been an interesting move for the Colts. It would have meant they hadn't signed Philip Rivers to a one-year contract, and it would likely have cost a lot more than just the number 13 in the 2020 draft.
In addition, Garoppolo was under-challenged throughout the 2020 season. He had a torturous ankle injury and when he was on the field in his six games he wasn't that impressive. Perhaps he was struggling to get into a rhythm due to the injuries and lack of playmakers, but this type of season wouldn't have gone down well in Indy.
Regardless, it doesn't matter. Those trade talks never came to fruition and the Colts left with Rivers, who had a strong last season.
Now both the Colts and 49ers appear to be taking part in the Matthew Stafford Sweepstakes, so it will be interesting to see what happens this off-season.
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