Last week Washington Post Adam Schefter’s profile gave the football-following world a glimpse into the sausage production process when it comes to NFL scoops. On Wednesday, Schefter showed us a finished sausage.
Tweeted Schefter Wednesday, July 20: «49ers officially has given Jimmy Garoppolo’s agents Don Yee and Carter Chow’s permission to seek a deal, sources said. “
Matt Maiocco of the NBC Sports Bay Area wrote on March 28: “The 49ers gave Garoppolo and his entourage permission to seek a trade,” [G.M. John] in Lynch. “
Thus, today’s news is essentially a repetition of something the team has already revealed. Almost four months ago.
So what’s going on here? It is, in my opinion, another example of the favored trade in which Schefter engages to ensure that he is at the front of the line for all scoops. By spreading old news to his 9.6 million followers, with the names of not one but two agents explicitly added to the subsequent social media billboard, Schefter has given Yee and Chow not only free publicity, but also an attempt to revive a trading market which to date has been catatonic.
The report / favor from Schefter was probably triggered by Tuesday’s explanation from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media that Garoppolo is expected to be fully cleared in mid-August, combined with our explanation that this timeline screws up both the 49ers and Garoppolo. Schefter added in his tweet: “Garoppolo has received approval to start practicing, per team source; The 49ers are expected to continue to exercise caution with him this summer. “
There is a difference between being trusted to practice and being completely trusted. Apparently Yee and Chow wanted to make it clear to everyone through Scheffer’s platform that Garoppolo is available in a trade now, not later.
But he has been available. And no one has made a play for him.
That’s nice. Garoppolo is trusted to train and he is available now. Good luck with that. The Browns received a fifth-round pick from the Panthers for Baker Mayfield, who receives only $ 5 million from his new team. How can the 49ers expect anything more than that for Garoppolo, with the exception of a freak Teddy Bridgewater type injury?
In any case, Schefter did his part. He wiped the dust off some old news in a recent attempt to find a potentially non-existent trading market for Garoppolo. Every time Garoppolo makes his next move (and / or when Yee or Chow have any news regarding their other clients), you do not need five guesses as to who will tweet it five minutes or so before it is otherwise announced.