Jimmy Garoppolo remains a member of the San Francisco 49ers but his time in Santa Clara appears to be nearing its end, with the team rumored to be exploring a trade in the offseason involving the quarterback. According to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, the 49ers are truly looking to ship Garoppolo.
No, the 49ers aren’t seriously thinking about holding onto Garoppolo for another season. That might be one version of a negotiating point with other teams, but it’s not realistic and nobody around the league is taking the suggestion literally. Including the 49ers.
The 49ers already have Trey Lance waiting for an opportunity to become the team’s starter, but that won’t happen so long as Garoppolo is around. Garoppolo only has a year left on his contract that’s worth $24.2 million in 2022. It should also be noted that Garoppolo has a no-trade clause that won’t expire until after March 16.
Moreover, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch seem to be on the same page in terms of Garoppolo’s landing spot in case of a trade.
Garoppolo did everything Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch asked of him last season. They were straight up with him. He was straight up with them. They won some big games together. They held the locker room together. And I believe Shanahan and Lynch will do what Garoppolo is asking of them now.
San Francisco reached the Super Bowl with Garoppolo under center but the 49ers’ passing attack hasn’t really looked lethal during Jimmy G’s reign.