Jimmy Garoppolo Addresses Suspension After Rams Signing

The veteran quarterback signed a one-year deal with the Rams after being released by the Las Vegas Raiders.

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Veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found a new home this offseason after a short stint with the Las Vegas Raiders this past season. Garoppolo signed a huge three-year, $72 million deal last offseason but only played in seven games with the Raiders before being replaced by rookie quarterback Aidan O’Connell.

The 32-year-old Garoppolo was hit with a two-game suspension in February and released by the Raiders last week. However, he immediately signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams a couple of days later.

The Rams present a good opportunity for Garoppolo to reignite his career after seeing what happened with Baker Mayfield. However, Rams fans won’t see the veteran quarterback on the sideline early next season.

Garoppolo met with reporters on Tuesday and discussed his two-game suspension. He told the media that his suspension was because he messed with the T.U.E (therapeutic use exemption), per Jordan Rodrigue of The Athletic.

The former Raiders quarterback added he can be with the Rams through non-regular season work but will miss the first two games of the season.

Jimmy G also has his sights set on revitalizing his career, much like Baker Mayfield did during his brief stint working with Sean McVay and the Rams.

With Garoppolo set to be out for the first two weeks of the 2024 season, Los Angeles must have a backup plan. There’s still some uncertainty surrounding the playing status of Stetson Bennett, but he’s a solid option to serve as Stafford’s backup for those two games if he’s ready.

At the same time, do not be surprised to see the Rams add another quarterback this offseason, who will serve as the QB3 and be placed on the practice squad for the prepared absence of the 32-year-old Garoppolo.

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