The San Francisco 49ers entered the 2022 NFL offseason all but certain to move on from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was even bracing for the possibility of a trade when speaking to the media. The team seemed prepared to hand the keys to the franchise to second year pro Trey Lance, though the calendar is about to flip to April and the 49ers' have yet to find a trade suitor for Garoppolo. Perhaps the veteran quarterback's offseason shoulder surgery has complicated any potential deal for general manager John Lynch. At any rate, it has forced the franchise to rethink their plans for Garoppolo, which has resulted in recent rumors about the team potentially cutting him. Lynch addressed those rumors Monday, via ESPN.
“I don't foresee that,” Lynch said. “He's too good a player. I think Jimmy will be playing for us or will be playing for someone else. He's too good of a player not to be.”
Despite rumors, Lynch said that he “doesn't foresee” the 49ers cutting Garoppolo. Interestingly enough, the general manager went on to say that he thinks the veteran quarterback will be playing for “us or somebody else.”
In other words, the 49ers are either going to keep or trade Garoppolo. It sounds like Lynch is becoming more open to the idea of keeping the former New England Patriots quarterback in 2022, something that would have been almost unheard of at the start of the offseason.
Garoppolo, 30, completed 68.3 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,810 yards and 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He underwent successful shoulder surgery at the beginning of March.
The hope is that Garoppolo will be throwing well before the start of training camp. It remains to be seen who he'll be throwing for.