Kyle Shanahan: We’re not getting rid of Jimmy Garoppolo just to get rid of him

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When the 49ers season ended, it seemed like a matter of when not if the team would trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

But then Garoppolo had surgery on his throwing shoulder. That’s complicated matters for San Francisco.

Speaking at the annual league meeting on Tuesday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan admitted that Garoppolo’s shoulder surgery has made things “a little bit tougher” for the team when it comes to Garoppolo’s trade market. But the club still plans to maximize Garoppolo’s value.

“Everything’s good with Jimmy,” Shanahan said. “Anytime someone gets a surgery, especially on their throwing shoulder, teams are going to be a little more nervous with what they want to offer and things like that. So I think that did put it on hold. And we’re alright with that. We went through the free-agent period, so we had to make some adjustments and do some things like that, but we’ve got him on the books right now and we’ll keep it that way until something else can improve us.”

Shanahan said he can see a scenario where Garoppolo is on the team’s roster in 2022. But that doesn’t seem very likely, given that the team is ready to move on to last year’s No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance.

“That’s why we looked into trading Jimmy, because we obviously believe that Trey can be a starter,” Shanahan said. “And we’re ready to do that. But if we can’t upgrade our team in another way, we’re not just going to get rid of a good quarterback because we have other quarterbacks on the roster.

“We know we have all guys who are capable of starting — which, Jimmy’s done a great job for us. We brought Trey here to be that eventually. And I think that’ll be sooner than later, but Jimmy gets the surgery and we can’t upgrade our team by getting some good picks until people feel good about that, I’m alright with that. We’re not just getting rid of him to get rid of him. Jimmy’s a good player that we all like as a person and as a teammate and we’re going to wait to see whatever helps the Niners the most.

If Garoppolo is still on the roster by the time training camp starts, Shanahan said he expects the quarterback to be with the team. With his surgery, Garoppolo is unlikely to be able to throw until then anyway. Should that happen, Shanahan didn’t say that there would be a QB competition. And that’s not something the team has to worry about until late July.

But because Garoppolo is under contract, Shanahan maintained that the 49ers aren’t just going to just make a move that does not benefit the team.

“We’re willing to do anything — the best we can do for the Niners,” Shanahan said. “The good thing is we don’t have to decide it today. We’re trying to see what the best thing is for the Niners and having a good quarterback like Jimmy is not a bad thing. Being able to upgrade our roster by getting draft picks is a really good thing. What’s the timeline on that? It’s different when you get surgery. So that’s what we’re all dealing with. That’s really as simple as it is.”

32 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: We’re not getting rid of Jimmy Garoppolo just to get rid of him

  1. At that salary, oh yes you will. But they need to find a taker and he just had shoulder surgery (without telling the team beforehand) and nobody has any clue when he’ll be able to play again. Nobody is going to take on a $25 million salary without knowing some basics like that.

  2. If teams are willing to battle for Deshaun Watson, they will battle for Jimmy G. Too many teams out there in dire need of a QB.

  3. Jimmy really benefits from the YAC. Teams must know that. He’s the current Mendoza line QB. Any worse and he’s a good back up. A little better and he’s an unquestioned starter. I don’t Know what a team would be willing to give up for that. Doesn’t seem like much if they don’t have receivers that can break tackles or read blocks extremely well.

  4. If they can restructure contracts and complete their roster signings post the draft, it certainly would not be illogical to envision him sticking around for the year, then have a ton of cap room in 2023

  5. DIRE need? Seattle, Houston… both teams purposely tanking for the better QB class next year.

    QB of the future need:
    Pitts (likely drafting one), Detroit (Tanking), Carolina (Draft), Atlanta (Tanking), maybe TB as “qb of the future” need.

    I don’t see anyone one of those teams taking on that contract. Not when Baker is going to be on a fire sale/chopping block and Jimmy G is probably headed to the same situation.

  6. I try to remember the last time Shanahan said something of substance, something that was not just bla bla. No, I can´t. It must be too long ago.

  7. What strange standards some have in the NFL: Garappolo QBs the team to two NFC title games in 3 years, and one SB appearance and people are calling for a trade?
    What other team in the NFL would have the same experience and be talking dumping their starter for an unproven 2nd year guy?

  8. Translation: We will wait (and hope) until a starting quarterback gets injured in camp or pre season to move him for max value. If that doesn’t materialize they can cut him literally week one before the season kicks off

  9. So you’re going to sit on a guy who you don’t want but makes $25M?

    This attempt at maintaining some leverage is laughable. How many teams need a mediocre QB with an inflated salary? Right now Jimmy G and Baker are on the market and NO ONE is biting.

  10. Their biggest problem is that Jimmy is still better than Trey. Way better and they know it or they would have pulled the trigger by now.

  11. Kyle has a losing record without Jimmy. I don’t understand the need to get rid of a qb that has taken you to the Super Bowl. We all know trey is not ready and I don’t think he’s an nfl starting qb.

  12. It would probably be easier if you didn’t waste all that draft capital last year on an unproven and frankly underwhelming QB prospect like Trey Lance

  13. Why would a team trade for him when he’ll likely be cut and they can get him for free?

  14. onkhof says:
    March 29, 2022 at 10:39 am
    What strange standards some have in the NFL: Garappolo QBs the team to two NFC title games in 3 years, and one SB appearance and people are calling for a trade?
    What other team in the NFL would have the same experience and be talking dumping their starter for an unproven 2nd year guy?

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    He only plays 7 games a year.

  15. Waste another year with Jimmy G or waste a year with Trey Lance. Look for Deebo to be run into the ground again to make up for bad QB decisions.

  16. The main reason they don’t want to get rid of Jimmy is because he is better than Trey Lance. They don’t want to admit they spent too much capital on Lance. Jimmy will start this season if they don’t get rid of him.

  17. Maybe he had shoulder surgery because his shoulder was too powerful and they needed to bring it back down to the upper limit of human ability. Like putting a restrictor plate on a race car. I bet the Jets would fall for it.

  18. Their schedule just got a lot easier with Russ leaving the division, it’s got to be tempting to take one more shot at it with Jimmy G, who in two (mostly) healthy seasons took them to the NFC championship game and Super Bowl. Unless they get a 2nd round pick or better they are going to give it one more try with him and hope he stays healthy. Otherwise, trade Kittle and Deebo and start the rebuild with Lance. They ain’t getting by Green Bay and Tampa Bay with Trey.

  19. gronkhof says:
    March 29, 2022 at 10:39 am
    What strange standards some have in the NFL: Garappolo QBs the team to two NFC title games in 3 years, and one SB appearance and people are calling for a trade?
    What other team in the NFL would have the same experience and be talking dumping their starter for an unproven 2nd year guy?

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    That makes little sense. SF has a SB contending roster, they’re lacking in QB department to get them over the hump.

    Did you watch the Cheifs-Niners Super Bowl?

    What your suggesting is that Garoppolo can take any team to a Super Bowl because he’s special. As if their front office just wanted to throw away 3 first round picks.

    San Fran knows what they have in Jimmy G. The whole world knows.

  20. I’ve never seen a team screw up its QB situation worse than the 49ers. On a team that was a half away from winning the Super Bowl they spent multiple first round picks on the QB least ready to start on day one. Now they have to pay their aging superstars and convinced everyone in the league that Jimmy is not a guy you can win with (despite Jimmy being a guy who wins) and now they can’t get rid of Jimmy. Deebo is not built for Trey, so they will have to trade him too but they can’t trade Deebo with Jimmy on the roster. What a mess.

  21. If not for that surgery, Jimmy would be a Colt, Seahawk, Steeler, Lion, Texan, or “Commander” right now. The Panthers are holding out for bigger fish at QB, I think.

  22. This guy is pretty successful and does not get his due. Wasn’t his fault when SF gave up all points nearing the end of that SB.

  23. Folks who think the Texans are interested in Jimmy Glass are crazy. The Texans have Davis Mills, a 2021, 3rd round pick who out played every 2021 rookie QB not named Matt Jones. Just look up the stats!

    Davis Mills will be the starter for the Texans for the 2022 season in a prove it year for him. If Mills is the long term QB answer for the Texans, great. If Mills is not the answer for the Texans, the Texans have (2) 1st’s in 2023 & 2024 to get the QB they want. IMHO, Mills will be a standout QB, but we fans will see!

    I also think the Texans, with the 3rd pick in the 2022 draft, will trade back with the Panthers, Falcons, or WFT. The cost to the team trading up would be their 1st in 2022 and 2023, and a 2nd in 2022.

    The Texans have no need for a $25 million QB who is made of glass.

  24. Jimmy can throw. Jimmy don’t like being disrespected. Jimmy had surgery without telling the team. Jimmy backed you into a corner. Jimmy’ll see you around.

    The only reason they are holding him is to stop him from going to Seattle. They don;t even have the cap space to sign their draft picks. They need to so SOMETHING. If Pittsburgh isn’t sold on Trubisky, it’s worth trying to flip a low draft choice to San Fran and let the two of them battle it out. SF might go for that to get him out of the NFC and keep him out of the division, while gaining the cap space. They do play @Pitt in 2023 though, but at least it’s not in San Fran, and who knows how the situation will play out. It might be the best way out of this for San Fran.

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