Yesterday, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots traded backup QB Jimmy Garappolo to the 0-8 49ers for a 2018 second-round pick. A free agent to be, Garappolo received such a high price because, when Tom Brady was suspended, he filled in for the veteran signal-caller and performed admirably, putting up a 91.1 Total QBR in 6 quarters of action before being injured against the Dolphins. While the 49ers are taking a significant risk on an unproven player, they certainly need a quarterback; their offense has been abysmal this year, especially under center. 49ers quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and CJ Breatherd have combined to go 177 for 315 this year, good for a mere 56.2% completion percentage, which puts them near the bottom of the league in that category. Trading for Garappolo gives the 49ers eight games to see whether or not they should resign him to a much larger deal next spring and could also help them win a few games in order to salvage an abysmal season thus far.
The Garappolo trade could positively impact many other teams in the NFL, though, especially the New York Giants. Right now, the Giants have the third-worst record in the NFL, behind only the Browns and 49ers in the race for the #1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, a draft that features electric prospects such as Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, and Josh Rosen. In a dumpster fire of a season, the Giants are currently 1-6 and have lost their best player, Odell Beckham Jr, to a broken ankle; he will miss the rest of the season. Additionally, quarterback Eli Manning is 36 years old and looks to be a shadow of his 2-time Super Bowl MVP-winning self. While the Giants have a talented, young core, especially on the defensive side of the ball, their offensive line is a wreck and they have not scored thirty points in a game since 2015.
The Giants play the 49ers in Week 10 in a game that could potentially determine who will own a top-two draft pick in April. This game will be crucial for the Giants, who are only a few players away from being Super Bowl contenders. Now that San Francisco has Jimmy Garappolo, their chances of winning a game or two, especially against the Giants, have increased dramatically. This could benefit the Giants tremendously. Owning a top-three pick in the draft could result in a star rookie coming to New York and turning the Giants’ fortunes around and give them more freedom to accumulate draft picks through trades. The Week 10 matchup could potentially determine the final draft order, especially since both New York and San Francisco have challenging schedules down the stretch. For now, with Jimmy Garappolo under center, the 49ers have the upper leg in a must-lose game for the New York Giants.