Jimmy Garoppolo’s honest admission on future in 49ers amid exit talks
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hinted at the possibility of his future in the team past the current season. Garoppolo is currently their starting quarterback, but the 49ers have made it clear that rookie Trey Lance is in line to eventually succeed him.
However, Garoppolo’s stellar displays as of late may delay this transition a little longer. The 49ers have won three of their last four games, and the veteran quarterback has been pivotal in all. In that four-game time span, Garoppolo obtained the league’s best passer rating with 113.2. With a potential playoff appearance on the cards this season, the 49ers might opt against replacing the 30-year-old so soon. When asked about his future with the team, Garoppolo refused to rule out any possibilities. Via 49ers Webzone:
“Honestly, with the possibilities, I try not to close any doors too early,” Garoppolo said on Wednesday. “It’s one of those situations, you’ve just got to let it play out, I think. We’ve got a lot going on with the season and everything right now. If you start thinking about those other things, you just get distracted, I think. But when we cross that bridge, we’ll assess everything then.”
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch both shared similar sentiments to Garoppolo when asked about the same thing. Shanahan and Lynch reiterated their long-term plan for Lance, but also admitted that ultimately they will field the quarterback who gives them the best chance to win.
For the short-term, Jimmy Garoppolo is playing too well to be dropped, and he will most likely start for the 49ers when they face the Minnesota Vikings next.