Steelers potential quarterback trade targets in 2022 offseason

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8). Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8). Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

The final potential trade target is the one that is most likely to wind up on the trade block this offseason, and that is Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo is the only quarterback on this list who is starting for a team still standing in the playoffs, yet it is pretty widely believed that he will be moved after this season.

The 49ers traded up to third overall in this past year’s draft for a reason, and that reason and Trey Lance was that reason. Lance is the future in San Francisco, due to his big arm, athleticism, and where he was selected, and the team has very high hopes for him. While Garoppolo was retained this year so that Lance could learn the offense and develop, there were cries for Garoppolo to be benched any time he or the team struggled.

This was no different in the Wild Card round as the team won, but a late interception by Garoppolo made many fans call for Lance to start. However, Garoppolo is still the starter and had a solid season throwing for 3,810 yards, with 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions.

While he is not a perfect quarterback, Garoppolo has proven he can be a capable starter on a legitimate playoff contender as he is 33-14 in the regular season in his NFL career, while also having playoff experience, and having led his team to a Super Bowl appearance. The price to acquire him is unknown but his playoff experience makes him a worthy starter for any team looking for a quarterback.

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Where the Steelers look when it comes to finding their new franchise quarterback remains to be seen. Whoever they decide on, one thing is definitely true, the team has options. They will surely be looking into all options, internally, in the draft, in trades, and in free agency before they come to a decision.