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Report: Panthers, Texans, Raiders expected to have interest in Jimmy Garoppolo

Mike Florio and Chris Simms explain why they’re confident Jimmy Garoppolo will have suitors for where else to land, given Kyle Shanahan doesn’t foresee “any scenario” keeping the QB.

Jimmy Garoppolo was expected to leave the 49ers a year ago. He didn’t after offseason shoulder surgery caused trade suitors, including the Commanders, to back off.

This offseason, Garoppolo is for certain leaving.

He is a free agent, and coach Kyle Shanahan already ruled out the quarterback’s return.

Garoppolo is one of the top free agents at his position, so he should have a healthy market.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Panthers, Texans and Raiders are “likely” to have interest in Garoppolo. All three are in search of a starting quarterback, and all three have a top-10 pick.

So, Garoppolo could end up being a bridge quarterback rather than the long-term answer somewhere.

The Texans now are coached by former 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans, who hired former 49ers assistant Bobby Slowik as his offensive coordinator.

“We have a process we go through,” Slowik said, via a team transcript. “Jimmy is obviously part of that process. He’s going to be a free agent. We grind through that as a coaching staff. We grind through that in the personnel department. We have conversations. I’ve had conversations with [General Manager] Nick [Caserio]. He has conversations with DeMeco. Then, Nick and DeMeco put their heads together and lay out a plan of what we want to do going forward and we’ll see where that takes us.”

Garoppolo went 7-3 in 10 starts last season and passed for 2,437 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.