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Report: Browns will consider Jimmy Garoppolo if Deshaun Watson is suspended more than 6 games

The 49ers still have hope to trade Jimmy Garoppolo instead of cutting him.

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass the ball in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on January 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

We are still waiting on the NFL’s final decision on Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s suspension, but all signs point toward him getting more than the original 6-games. If that does happen, the Browns will consider trading for Jimmy Garoppolo, per Mary Kay Cabot.

The San Francisco 49ers continue to hold out hope that they can get something in return for Garoppolo, who has been replaced by first-round draft pick Trey Lance. The Watson suspension or a freak injury for a starting quarterback appear to be their only shot at that happening.

The Browns added Jacoby Brissett this offseason to backup Watson, but Brissett’s history shows that he’s more of an emergency starter and at the very least needs some competition for the starting job if Watson is out all season.

Garoppolo has shown he can be a starter. He even helped the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance. Of course, many pundits lean toward their defense and Kyle Shanahan’s offensive schemes as the real reason the 49ers have done so well under Garoppolo. But, no matter how you look at it, he is likely more suited to start than Brissett.