Could Seahawks be in play if 49ers release QB Jimmy Garoppolo?

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The start of Seattle Seahawks training camp is now just a week away and will feature a quarterback competition for the first time in a decade.

Currently, Geno Smith and Drew Lock are the only two serious contenders on the roster, but there has been continued speculation about whether or not the team would add San Franciso 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the mix.

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco joined Seattle Sports’ Bump and Stacy Show on Monday and gave his thoughts on the scenario.

“I don’t think the Seahawks would trade for him,” Maiocco said. “In fact, at this point in the offseason, I have a really difficult time trying to figure out what team would trade for him and trade for that $24.2 million salary he’s scheduled to make.”

But just because the Seahawks likely wouldn’t pull the trigger on such an expensive trade doesn’t mean the veteran QB couldn’t land in Seattle after all.

“Where I think the Seahawks come in to play would be if the 49ers decide there’s not going to be a trade that lines up and they can’t afford to keep Garoppolo on the roster at his salary with Trey Lance ready to take over as the starter,” Maiocco continued. “And maybe Garoppolo even says, ‘Hey, I’ve been a good teammate here, do me a favor and cut me free now and let me go find a place before we get too deep into training camp.’

“If the 49ers decide to release Garoppolo, then I could definitely see Seattle come into play. I could see Seattle, Cleveland, and probably the Houston Texans as the three teams.”

Only time will tell whether or not this scenario actually plays out, but for now, Smith and Lock are set to continue the Seahawks QB competition when camp kicks off next Tuesday.

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