Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo or a draft pick. The 49ers have a perceived long list of who their quarterback will be next season.
The list changes by the day, with rumors swirling left and right. It appears Stafford and the Detroit Lions are on board to mutually part ways, so how much would it cost to acquire the veteran QB? NBC Sports' Peter King believes Stafford might not be as expensive to acquire as you might expect.
King lists the 49ers as one of seven teams -- 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Washington Football Team, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints -- that could be a fit for a Stafford trade. Here's what King believes the 49ers would have to send the Lions that would be "equitable for each franchise": Garoppolo and a 2022 second-round draft pick.
That seems really cheap. You would expect Stafford to cost a first-round pick, even though he'll be 33 years old in February. The 49ers likely would jump at the chance to add Stafford if that's all it took.
Stafford battled injuries on yet another bad Lions team this season and still threw for over 4,000 yards. He now has thrown for at least 4,000 yards eight times in his 12-year NFL career. The 49ers have not produced a 4,000-yard passer since Jeff Garcia in 2000.
There's no doubt Stafford's arm talent would add a new, needed element to Kyle Shanahan's offense. When his scheme is working best, it goes off a strong run game, play-action passes and taking shot down the field off the run. Right now, the 49ers can't do that.
Shanahan needs a QB who can utilize Brandon Aiyuk's skills and speed. Stafford could be the guy for a win-now 49ers squad. If all it takes is Garoppolo and a 2022 second-round pick, general manager John Lynch needs to get on the phone.