On Monday, general manager John Lynch said the San Francisco 49ers have no plans to release quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Instead, they remain hopeful that a business partner will emerge at some point this offseason. .For now, the options are almost non-existent.
Garoppolo, the most anticipated, is said to have left on March 16, the start of the league’s new year. The quarterback remains on the 49ers roster. Garoppolo recently underwent shoulder surgery, which apparently dropped its commercial value.
For now, the 49ers are content to play the waiting game. Lynch admitted the team hasn’t received a firm offer for the veteran quarterback. And San Francisco is not willing to give Garoppolo.
“There was a ton of conversation and I think there was really good momentum,” Lynch said Monday at NFL owners’ meetings. “Then the decision that was made for Jimmy to have surgery certainly caused a lot of teams to pause and at least slow down the process to do their due diligence.”
Ian Rapoport, also speaking at owners’ meetings, said the 49ers shouldn’t panic or feel the need to release Garoppolo.
“You take a look at his contract, over $25 million,” Rapoport explained. “None of that is guaranteed. So really, they hold a lot of cards in terms of where Jimmy Garoppolo is going to play at. the future and how much money he will earn.
“And he’s, of course, been in trade talks over the past few months. The fact that he had throwing shoulder surgery certainly slowed things down. In fact, before the Colts Indianapolis didn’t trade for Matt Ryan, they returned and revisited some trade talks with the San Francisco 49ers. [Those talks] didn’t go anywhere.”
The 49ers reportedly worked with Garoppolo to find him a good landing spot, a place where he could start and potentially win.
“I just want to go where they want to win, Garoppolo said after the season. That’s really what I’m in this game for. I’m here to play football. I’m here to win football games. . “
Most quarterback needy teams have filled those needs. Rapoport sees one somewhat realistic option remaining…and one not so realistic.
“So now, really, there are two places where Jimmy Garoppolo could potentially go,” Rapoport said. of Carolina.”
While it’s probably not ideal, the 49ers have hinted they’re ready to carry Garoppolo and Lance through 2022, if necessary. No one really believes that will happen, of course most were also convinced that Garoppolo would be on another roster by now.
“It’s certainly conceivable that the 49ers, if they can’t make a trade before the draft, hang on to Garoppolo, potentially even maybe allow him to come to [training] camp, and see where it all goes,” Rapoport added. “A lot of options are still on the table. It could be an exchange. It could be a pay cut.
“It’s hard to imagine an outright release because having a quarterback, especially one with that kind of experience, is far too valuable.”
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