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Jimmy Garoppolo ranked 19th-best QB by NFL coaches, execs due to health

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Jimmy Garoppolo ranked 19th-best QB by NFL coaches, execs due to health

When it comes to criticisms of 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, they almost always seem to fall into one of two categories: his health and his experience.

It makes sense. Garoppolo has made just 10 career NFL starts, with eight of those coming in a San Francisco uniform. Only three of those starts came last season, and one was cut short after he suffered a torn ACL in a Week 3 loss to the Chiefs.

So when The Athletic's Mike Sando on Monday released his quarterback tiers survey -- which included input from 55 anonymous coaches and executives ranking the QBs into five tiers -- the discussion surrounding Garoppolo came as no surprise.

Garoppolo was ranked the No. 19 overall quarterback in the NFL, firmly in Tier 3 between Jacksonville's Nick Foles and Oakland's Derek Carr. Garoppolo was ranked in the bottom of Tier 2 a year ago, and the drop can be attributed to his latest injury. Still, though, voters remain optimistic that Garoppolo will be able to fully realize his potential.

"He is really accurate, he is smart and he is athletic, but he hasn’t played a lot of football, and you see it at times,” one GM said. “I just think he’s got everything if he can stay healthy. It sounds like he will have a better cast this year, and he’s got the coach."

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The better cast being referred to includes running back Tevin Coleman, as well as two wide receivers selected within the first three rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. If Garoppolo can remain healthy enough to utilize it, voters believe he's destined to put together a great season.

"Injury does not mean he is worse,” a quarterbacks coach said. “His skills are the same. He needs to stay healthy and all those things will show."

How reported Case Keenum trade between Broncos-Washington affects 49ers

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How reported Case Keenum trade between Broncos-Washington affects 49ers

The 49ers are comfortable with their quarterback situation, as Kyle Shanahan recently expressed.

At the conclusion of the 2019 season, the list of teams that weren't comfortable with their quarterback situation was considerably longer than it is now. Several teams have filled their signal-caller voids, and on Thursday, the Redskins reportedly joined that group.

According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, Washington and the Denver Broncos have agreed on a trade centered around quarterback Case Keenum.

Just like Nick Foles' reported intentions to sign with Jacksonville at the start of free agency works against San Francisco (albeit in a hypothetical and indirect way), so too does Keenum's arrival in Washington.

There's no shortage of rumors purporting the Cardinals' intentions to select quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Of course, Arizona selected Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick of the 2018 Draft. As such, if the Cardinals truly do plan on picking Murray, many assume Rosen will be headed elsewhere.

Among the most likely destinations for Rosen, Washington certainly had to be considered amongst the leaders -- prior to trading for Keenum, that is.

Former 49ers and current Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a gruesome broken leg this past season, and he may not be able to play in 2019. Given Smith's high salary -- Washington owes him $31 million over the next two seasons -- pairing him with a young player still on his rookie deal would make a lot of sense.

The Redskins apparently opted to go in another direction, trading for the more experienced Keenum, although Washington will reportedly only pay him $3.5 million this upcoming season, according to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver.

Now with Smith and Keenum on the roster, it's unlikely Washington would be in the market to trade for another quarterback. Both Smith, 34, and Keenum, 31, are getting up there in age, however, so perhaps we can't rule them out from the trade market entirely. That said, they're probably more likely to address that need via the draft.

And with Keenum going to Washington, Foles to Jacksonville and Joe Flacco getting traded to Denver, that's at least three teams that have acquired their likely lead quarterback for next season since the end of the last.

That doesn't leave a ton of options for the Cardinals to dangle Rosen in front of. If they're unable to find a taker for Rosen, that would seem to lower the odds of them selecting Murray with the top overall pick.

Whatever happens with the first overall pick will obviously have a drastic impact on the 49ers, who hold the No. 2 pick. If Murray goes first overall, they'll have their choice of the premium defensive players in the draft.

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If the Cardinals can't find a good trade partner for Rosen, though, and Murray doesn't go first overall, the 49ers will likely be at the mercy of a division opponent, who may just take the defender they have their hearts set on.

NFL rumors: Nick Foles to sign with Jaguars at start of NFL free agency

NFL rumors: Nick Foles to sign with Jaguars at start of NFL free agency

The 49ers have their franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, and the Raiders recently reaffirmed their faith in Derek Carr as theirs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars appear to have no such faith in Blake Bortles, and according to Les Bowen of Philly.com, they've already found their replacement in the Eagles' Nick Foles.

"The only Eagles quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl is bound for Jacksonville when NFL free agency opens March 13, according to NFL sources with knowledge of the situation," Bowen wrote Sunday.

"A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said."

Foles signing with the Jaguars -- the Eagles have already announced they do not plan to use the franchise tag on him -- would not have a direct impact on either the 49ers or Raiders, but quite possibly an indirect one.

Acquiring Foles would seem to eliminate Jacksonville from the list of quarterback-needy teams. That list has been dwindling rather rapidly after Denver traded for Baltimore's Joe Flacco. Washington and Miami will likely be in the market for a quarterback, but in general, the supply currently outweighs the demand, and that would be further exasperated by Foles signing with the Jags.

This is quite relevant to the 49ers and Raiders due to their position at the top of the draft order. There are rumors abound that Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray is the odds-on favorite to go first overall, and Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins is expected to go very high as well.

[RELATED: Report: Murray to Cardinals with No. 1 pick is 'done deal']

The more QB-needy teams there are come draft time, the better position the 49ers and/or Raiders would be in to exact a high price in a trade back with one of those teams.

With Foles reportedly heading to Jacksonville at the start of free agency, that's likely one fewer potential trade partner to take advantage of.