After the Las Vegas Raiders recently benched quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for rookie Aidan OConnell, his days in Las Vegas are probably numbered.
“How about very?” ESPNs Paul Gutierrez wrote of the likelihood that Las Vegas will move on. “Benching Garoppolo as a part of the reset that saw coach Josh McDaniels, general manager Dave Ziegler and offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi all get fired does not bode well for the QBs future in Las Vegas.”
In six starts, Garoppolo — who signed a three-year, $72.75M deal this offseason — threw nine interceptions, seven TDs and logged a below-average 35 QBR. Its apparent the 32-year-old isnt the answer.
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Per Gutierrez, interim head coach Antonio Pierce recently said we probably havent seen the last of Jimmy G. this season. OConnell — a fourth-round pick out of Purdue — might struggle, so it would make sense to turn back to Garoppolo instead of Brian Hoyer, who has lost
12 consecutive games as a starter. That doesnt change the outlook on Garoppolos future in Vegas.The Raiders could try to trade Garoppolo this offseason, but he likely wont attract suitors. Releasing him also is a costly move.
Per Over the Cap, cutting him with a pre-June 1 designation incurs $28.3M in dead money, while a post-June 1 designation incurs $15.5M.
Even though its a substantial financial loss, the 2024 draft seems like a great time to potentially select a long-term solution at the most important position. ESPN draft analyst Jordan Reid
gave four QBs first-round grades, including Southern Cals Caleb Williams, North Carolinas Drake Maye and Michigans J.J. McCarthy.
ESPNs football power index predicts the Raiders (4-5) will have the sixth overall pick, within range to select a talented, young passer they can build around.