There’s no indication the Carolina Panthers are even interested in Jimmy Garoppolo. However, there aren’t many trade options left for the San Francisco 49ers. The team would likely prefer to take the veteran quarterback and his $25 million+ salary off the books.

With the quarterback market drying up and the 49ers seemingly overvaluing Garoppolo, the team may have to swallow their pride and take a less desirable option.

NBC Sports’ Peter King has an idea involving the Panthers.

“I don’t think there is a good market at all [for Garoppolo]”, King told Colin Cowherd on The Herd. “I think the 49ers better do one of two things: try to trade him for Sam Darnold directly with Carolina because I think Carolina would see that as an improvement, or hang on to Jimmy until someone gets hurt [before the start of the season].”

If the Panthers aren’t interested, the 49ers may have no choice but to wait until late in the offseason to see if an NFL team suddenly finds itself in desperate need of a quarterback. San Francisco is unlikely to ship Garoppolo to the division-rival Seattle Seahawks and would like to avoid cutting the quarterback outright.

“[By] This time around, Jimmy Garoppolo will be healthy, he can throw the ball well,” King explained. “There’s nothing wrong with the 49ers waiting. They shouldn’t hand it over to anyone.”

The first option could be a deal to pursue if the 49ers promise Garoppolo he’ll be somewhere else within a certain timeframe. Of course, the quarterback who recently had shoulder surgery didn’t help the situation.

“Colin, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan may have looked Jimmy in the eye and said, ‘We promise to trade you,’ or words to that effect,” King added. “If they did, they might have to do something like [a deal for Darnold]. But if I was them right now, I’d say to Jimmy, ‘Be patient. You will be somewhere at the trading deadline. “”