Reports emerged on Monday indicating that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo would be absent from the team’s mandatory minicamp. On Tuesday, head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to reporters and revealed the exact reason why Garoppolo is absent from the team’s mandatory minicamp, per 49ers reporter Cam Inman.

Shanahan said that it “didn’t make sense” to pull Garoppolo away from his rehab, so the team excused him from NFL offseason minicamp instead.

The 49ers head coach did say that the team expects Garoppolo, who is still under contract with the franchise in the 2022 season, to be at training camp this offseason.

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The 49ers are still exploring trade options for the veteran quarterback. General manager John Lynch had said earlier in the offseason that he felt the team had been “close” to trading Garoppolo until he underwent surgery on his shoulder in March.

Clearly, the 49ers have multiple reasons to want Garoppolo to continue his rehab. If he remains with the team, then he’ll be healthy enough to resume his position as the starter in 2022. A healthy Garoppolo would also be a more enticing trade chip for other teams.

Priority number one for the 49ers is Garoppolo’s rehab. What comes after that remains to be seen.