Jimmy Garoppolo admits uncertain future has weighed on his mind all season

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The 49ers traded up to draft Trey Lance with the third overall choice in 2021, and the expectation is the team will attempt to trade Jimmy Garoppolo in the offseason. So last week could have been Garoppolo’s final game in a 49ers uniform, something the quarterback considered beforehand.

Garoppolo shared a moment with fullback Kyle Juszczyk in the locker room before the 49ers’ must-win game.

“Me and Juice had a cool moment there,” Garoppolo said, via Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “These guys on this team, I love this team. I love the players. I love everything about it. It’s a good group to be around, a fun group. We want to keep this thing going for as long as we can now.”

Garoppolo started every game he was healthy enough to play this season, including Week 18 when he played with a thumb injury. He was limited in Wednesday’s practice but is expected to start against the Cowboys on Sunday.

He, again, could be facing his final game with the 49ers.

Garoppolo admits the uncertainty of his future has been on his mind all season.

“It’s always in the back of your mind,” Garoppolo said. “It has been in mine, really, the whole season. I knew what type of season it was, knew everything that was going on behind the scenes and what-not. It was a little different.”

Garoppolo will play somewhere else next season. He knows it. The 49ers know it. Everyone knows it.

Five years after the 49ers acquired Garoppolo from the Patriots, the 49ers will trade him elsewhere.

“You got to toe that line because you don’t want to get too emotional in those moments,” Garoppolo said. “You just got to go play football when it comes down to it. But the human side definitely comes into play. You feel it for a little bit after the game.

“And I think 24 hours after that, you have to move on quickly. And we’ve done that pretty well.”

37 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo admits uncertain future has weighed on his mind all season

  1. Foles, Goff, Brady and soon, Garappolo. Can you imagine teams during the 70s and 80s getting rid of QBs that took their teams to the SB ? Age and injuries are always a factor but free agency really puts the onus on winning a championship now, since QB salaries keep escalating.

  2. “Garoppolo will play somewhere else next season. He knows it. The 49ers know it. Everyone knows it.”

    I for one, don’t agree. Every time Shanny has had a choice between Jimmy G and Trey, he plays Jimmy. There’s a reason. Trey isn’t ready yet. He may be some day, but right now he just isn’t.

    There is no way the 9ers will trade Garapalo if he takes them to the NFC Championship or Super Bowl. The faithful wouldn’t stand for it, and it would be career suicide for Shanny if they traded Jimmy and failed to make the playoffs next season. Jimmy is a very expensive insurance policy, but a necessary one.

  3. 33-14 record as a starter. 67% completion percentage for his career. 71/38 TD/INT ratio. 98 QBRating. Makes sense that they want to get rid of him.

  4. I don’t think him being gone is etched in stone, not the way Lance played this year. They couldn’t wait to get Jimmy G back on the field.

  5. Even though he’s sucked a good portion of the time there and is quite limited in the throws he can make, it’s really hard not to like the guy and feel badly about his situation. Taking home almost $100M will make it an easier pill to swallow, sure, but he’s always been quite humble, relatable, and the team has always stood behind him. That says something.

  6. Handled it with class and humility. That’s how they raise em in the Midwest.

  7. It’s funny how the better you play and the more reliable you are, the more secure your job is in the NFL.

  8. Garoppolo is a class act. Whether he’s with the Niners or not, it’s good to see guys acting with class….not whining.

  9. Jimmy has proven himself this year and will probably land with a decent job next year, albeit probably not with a contender. He did himself favors by being a team player and leader this year, and even mentoring Trey. Teams will pick up on that. Even at the toughest, he was a team player and led an impressive playoff run. Good luck, Jimmy!

  10. 49’s will regret giving all that draft capital away for Lance. Jimmy is hurt all the time but when healthy he is 5x better than Lance.

  11. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Jimmy G in Cleveland. Similar offensive systems, and the Browns looking to upgrade the QB position

  12. Kyle: “Jimmy G got us to a SB”

    John: “Let’s give up the house and draft a project QB and then tell Jimmy G he’s not the future and trade him”

    Kyle: “That’s a great idea!!”

  13. Can you imagine 49ers winning it all and trading away the starting QB in the off-season? I wouldn’t mind watching that unfold.

  14. If they win a playoff game or two and Jimmy plays pretty well, can they honestly go all in on Lance? Lance doesn’t look near ready to me.

  15. In recent years, teams draft QBs and throw them into the fire right away. Most fail, or never are as good as expected. The biggest issues is that it takes 2-3 years beyond college to learn an NFL offense…..and to be able to read the defenses.

    Aaron Rodgers sat behind Favre for 3 years….and now he’s one of the best. Mahomes sat for a year behind Smith. Steve Young sat for a few years behind Montana.

    Let Trey sit and learn. It can only help.

  16. Good for you Jimmy. Mental strength is an underrated trait. Guys like Carson Wentz would have walked out if all that b.s. played out with him lol.

  17. Good for you Jimmy. Mental strength is an underrated trait. Guys like Carson Wentz would have walked out if all that b.s. played out with him lol.


    Agree… You could even add the Colts to the list of possible destinations for Jimmy G if they decide to part ways with Wentz.

  18. Even if you think he’s over rated, Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t bad. There are far worse QBs starting.
    If you have a bad QB like Sam Darnold, he would be an upgrade.
    It depends on how much he wants to get paid.
    Maybe add some nice incentives.

  19. Ironically, John Lynch (and possibly Kyle) will have to look for a new job if the 49ers have 2 or 3 losing seasons with Trey Lance. Hope the saga of Alex Smith/ Colin Kaepernick won’t repeat. Alex Smith received a standing ovation when SF Giants fans spotted him at the game a few months ago.

  20. Nobody is saying Jimmy-G can’t play…he just can’t stay healthy. That’s is why the Niners drafted Lance. He is playing right now while he is injured because he is trying to land on anther team with an extended contract next season. He wants to show teams that he is tough and he can and will play while injured. By the way…that’s a smart business man..lol

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