The Cleveland Browns could turn to the San Francisco 49ers if quarterback Deshaun Watson’s suspension extends from six games to all season, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot.
In Watson’s absence, Jimmy Garoppolo could become the Browns’ best option at quarterback.
Cabot notes that Garoppolo, 30, was cleared by the Niners to seek a trade after Trey Lance was named as the team’s starter. Garoppolo is slated to pocket $24.2 million this season, but his contract isn’t guaranteed until Sept. 10, which would give the Browns time to re-sign him.
A native of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Garoppolo is entering his tenth season in the NFL. In 15 games last year, he threw for 3,810 yards while completing 301 of 441 passes. He had 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.
Garoppolo is 33-14 as a starter during his career with the Niners and New England Patriots. He started six playoff games, including an appearance in Super Bowl LIV in 2020. It’s his experience the Browns would value over his former Pats teammate Jacoby Brissett, who could start the season for the Browns in 2020. absence of Watson.
Garoppolo has had shoulder surgery for the past few months but has been cleared to train at full capacity since last week.
The decision of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s representative, Peter Harvey, regarding the appeal of the six-game suspension imposed by Sue L. Robinson on August 1, could have a positive impact on the situation. Robinson on August 1, could intervene as early as Friday, before the Browns’ first preseason game, during which Watson should start.