The San Francisco 49ers have taken a big step in capturing their future quarterback by trading with Miami for the No.3 pick in next month’s draft.
Two people familiar with the deal say the Niners are trading their No.12 pick with first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and their third compensatory round in 2022 to get the third pick overall. People spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
ESPN first reported the matter.
The Dolphins then immediately traded the 12th pick, 123rd pick and their own 2022 first-round pick in Philadelphia for the No. 6 and No. 156 picks in the draft, the Eagles said.
The trade by the Niners puts them in a position to draft a quarterback with Zach Wilson, Justin Fields and Trey Lance all possibilities. Jacksonville is expected to take Trevor Lawrence first and the New York Jets could also take a quarterback at No.2.
A quarterback draft would likely lead to the end of Jimmy Garoppolo’s tenure in San Francisco either in a trade this season or after a year if the Niners choose to keep a veteran to ease the transition to a rookie QB.
San Francisco acquired Garoppolo in the middle of the 2017 season from New England for a second-round pick and gave him a five-year, $ 137.5 million contract next offseason.
Garoppolo helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl in the 2019 season, but missed 23 starts the other two seasons with injuries. This contributed to San Francisco’s desire to find a more reliable option at the quarterback in Coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
The Niners rarely took a quarter-top in the draft, letting Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson pass in 2017 in the first season under coach Kyle Shanahan.
San Francisco only used a first-round pick on a QB three times in the common draft era that began in 1967, taking Steve Spurrier third that year, Jim Druckenmiller with the 26th pick in 1997 and Alex Smith. first overall in 2005.
For the Dolphins, the trade signals that they are not in the market for another potential franchise quarterback and will stake their future on Tua Tagovailoa. He was No. 5 overall last year and went 6-3 as a rookie.
Instead, Miami is taking a long-term approach to meeting its many needs after going 10-6 last year, but missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Dolphins have stored draft picks since starting a rebuilding project when Brian Flores was hired as a coach two years ago. The Dolphins have two first-round picks and two second-round picks this year, an extra third round in 2022 and two first-round picks in 2023.
By trading the No. 3 overall pick, the Dolphins ditched their primary bargaining chip in a potential deal to acquire Watson. They were widely expected to pursue the disgruntled Houston Texans quarterback three times in the Pro Bowl if he makes it to the commercial market, but he has been charged with sexual assault and harassment in lawsuits brought by 16 women, making a deal unlikely at this time.
Now, returning to No.6, the Dolphins will still be able to draft one of the best offensive receivers or tackles to help Tagovailoa.
The Eagles’ deal allows them to get a good look at 2020 second-round pick Jalen Hurts as a starter this season, while adding a potential starter at another place with the No.12 pick.
Philadelphia could also have three first-round picks in 2022, having already distributed Carson Wentz to Indianapolis for a conditional second-round pick that year that can turn into first if Wentz plays at least 75% of the shots this season or plays. at least. 70% of the pictures and the Colts make the playoffs. The Eagles also got a 2021 third-round pick in that trade.