49ers remain stuck with Jimmy Garoppolo, indefinitely

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Stuck behind Baker Mayfield in the quarterbacks-without-a-country category is Jimmy Garoppolo. And the 49ers continue to be stuck on the idea that they’re going to get value for Garoppolo. They’re also stuck on trying to sell the notion that, if they don’t, they’ll just keep him.

G.M. John Lynch was selling that one on Friday night, during a press conference.

“We’ve said all along it’s gonna take the right deal to get us to move him,” Lynch said. “And he’s part of our team right now. And so we’re excited about that. We look at the totality of that position, and we feel really good about it right now. We’re extremely excited about Trey [Lance]. Excited about Jimmy and Nate Sudfeld. There’s a lot to like about him as well. So we’re excited about that group.”

Baloney. They want to dump Jimmy’s salary, but they continue to think that someone else should really want the guy they can’t wait to get rid of. No one is taking the cheese, not with a $25 million salary and a surgically-repaired shoulder that hasn’t yet healed.

There have been indications of late that Jimmy isn’t willing to play along. He recently described his experience in 2021 as a “strange” year and,”I don’t know if I’d wish that on anybody.” So good luck getting him to play along with the idea that they’ll squat on him indefinitely. When Week One approaches, it would be ludicrous for the 49ers to keep him on the roster and essentially guarantee his entire salary for 2022.

For now, nothing will happen. No one wants him. Not at that salary, and not for whatever the 49ers will want. And he should be pushing hard behind the scenes, if not in front of them, to get cut.

38 responses to “49ers remain stuck with Jimmy Garoppolo, indefinitely

  1. Try as he might, Mr. Lynch could not get out of this untenable situation he made for himself.

  2. wow!
    another BB pick, questioned by everyone who knows more, making it rich and leveraging his value??

    whaddya mean?

  3. The 49ers are not stuck. They can still cut him with little significant financial penalty. It would be an admission of a colossal miscalculation on their part. But they can still cut Garoppolo and free up the $25M in cap space.

  4. Haha! Shanny and Lynch are delusional thinking “it’s gonna take the right deal to get us to move” Deebo and Int. Jimmy G. It’s obvious they’ve massively overvalued both players. Truth be told, Shanny’s daddy is probably telling them what he thinks their value should be. There is a reason Poppa Mike is no longer a coach at any level. The 9ers stubbornness has kept Garoppolo’s $25 million salary on the books when the money could have used to sign free agents that would have improved the team. Instead they are stuck with Jimmy and will watch Deebo sit-out the season and become a free agent next year. Talk about total incompetence.

  5. It’s easier to release a player then draft your future QB right…..RIGHT?

  6. Hanging onto him is smart. It appears they’ve already realized Lance is not a NFL QB so once they change him to a WR or RB they’ll at least have a QB on the roster.

  7. Let’s say Jimmy lobbies the Niners to get cut. No team will offer him more than a backup role and he will struggle to get more than $5-10m. Alternatively, he stays with the Niners and gets $25m. Hmm, tough choice!

  8. His cap hit, guaranteed, is only $1.4 million, if he is cut.

    Their first problem — they cannot trade him if he is not healthy. So cutting him is the smart move.

    Their second problem — are they sure Trey Lance is ready? If he is not, and they already cut Jimmy G., then they are screwed in 2022.

    So they will wait until the very last minute. Expect him to be in the final cuts before the season starts.

    Yeah, that sucks for Jimmy G. latching on easily. But I bet it is what the team does. Because . . . they . . . don’t . . . care . . . about . . . the . . . players . . . .

  9. This will go down to training camp. At that point all rosters around the league will be getting set and salary cap $$ mostly used up with new contracts for good players heading into their last year.

    At that point Jimmy loses leverage. 49ers can trade him to a team that needs a QB (not many now, but injuries do come up) and new team will offer him a new contract for, say $10M/yr for 4 years with $20 or so guaranteed. Maybe a little more…but he will get Low level starter/high level backup money

    That’s all Jimmy will be able to get at that point. Sucks for him but it’s just business

  10. Jimmy G has gotten the Niners to 2 NFCCG’s and a SB the last 3 seasons, he has much more value than Baker the int maker.

  11. They won’t cut him, if they are forced to plat Lance and as of what he has shown so far he is nowhere near a NFL caliber QB they lose and fail to make it to the playoffs Lynch will be canned for sure as Shanahan, 28-3 loser, is well known for throwing people under the bus to save his ass, but Jed will clean house and start over.

  12. If the 49ers really think Trey Lance is ready, they would ship Jimmy out of town yesterday. The Chiefs did that to Alex Smith because Mahomes was obviously ready and turned into a juggernaut. If they can hold on to Jimmy until the last minute, why not? His cap hit is only under $2M. If they cut him and found out Trey Lance is not ready, their season is over. After all, Jimmy played in TWO NFCCCs and one SB appearance and is loved by his teammates, you don’t trade him away when you’re not sure the potential new starter is ready.

  13. Without a doubt, the most bumbling front office in the league this offseason.

  14. Deebo won’t be a FA if he sits out the season. Are people really this dumb?

  15. The 49ers have done nothing right this offseason. It all started with that trading two firsts for the third pick. It all started there.

  16. Actually Lynch and Shanahan Jr are smart, they are in a win win situation. They are not sure their first round pick is ready, so they hold on to Jimmy G for insurance. It is only money that they are losing, no big deal.

  17. When he gets cut, somebody will have him as a placeholder until they can draft a franchise QB. He will still be paid, just not $25m.

    Besides, that $25m was earmarked to someone else. Someone who now wants to leave. Problems.

  18. So the draft lacks QBs. We all know there is a shortage of real starting QBs. And we sit and watch the out of control salary situation start to destroy the game from the inside out… Who’s having fun?!?

  19. Hmmmmm you do know that Deebo would have his contract year toll to the next year if he sits, and then he could be franchise tagged the two years after don’t you? He doesn’t just get to pass on a year of eligibility.

    I don’t really need to ask that question though 😂
    nytro says:
    April 30, 2022 at 12:57 pm
    Haha! Shanny and Lynch are delusional thinking “it’s gonna take the right deal to get us to move” Deebo and Int. Jimmy G. It’s obvious they’ve massively overvalued both players. Truth be told, Shanny’s daddy is probably telling them what he thinks their value should be. There is a reason Poppa Mike is no longer a coach at any level. The 9ers stubbornness has kept Garoppolo’s $25 million salary on the books when the money could have used to sign free agents that would have improved the team. Instead they are stuck with Jimmy and will watch Deebo sit-out the season and become a free agent next year

  20. I predict Jimmy G won’t be sending Xmas cards to Kyle and John for the rest of their lives.

  21. Mayfield and Garrapolo are in unique situations thats for sure. Analyst, who I agree with, were saying teams now are in the win now mode not the development mode. After seeing how the Rams added one key player and won it all, took a chance, GM’s dont want their fans to have to sit there wallowing they want a winner now.

  22. Prediction: The Niners will wait until the final cuts. If they are comfortable with Lance, they will cut Garoppolo. If not, they will keep him.

    Asit turns out, Deebo did them a favor. Since Deebo wants out and will not accept any offerf rom the Niners, they don’t need to cut Garoppolo.

  23. They totally blow it trying to get something for Samuel and now they will get zippo for Jimmy G.

    What a pair of brilliant football minds the 49ers have running the show! They dared free market football economics and they walk away with essentially zero except the ego problems of Samuel and Jimmy G knowing they he is not wanted and with a wallet close to $30 million lighter. .

  24. eddie2020 says:
    April 30, 2022 at 3:27 pm
    Actually Lynch and Shanahan Jr are smart, they are in a win win situation

    ======================================================

    You can’t possibly be serious. Blinded by love my man.

  25. Someone’s starting QB will get hurt in training camp. It doesn’t cost then anything to wait at this point.

  26. nytro says:
    April 30, 2022 at 12:57 pm
    Haha! Shanny and Lynch are delusional thinking “it’s gonna take the right deal to get us to move” Deebo and Int. Jimmy G. It’s obvious they’ve massively overvalued both players. Truth be told, Shanny’s daddy is probably telling them what he thinks their value should be. There is a reason Poppa Mike is no longer a coach at any level. The 9ers stubbornness has kept Garoppolo’s $25 million salary on the books when the money could have used to sign free agents that would have improved the team. Instead they are stuck with Jimmy and will watch Deebo sit-out the season and become a free agent next year. Talk about total incompetence.
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    If Deebo sits out the season, he will not become a free agent next year. He won’t receive credit for a season earned toward free agency. The 49ers would still own his rights until he fulfills that year.

  27. TheTrogdor says:
    April 30, 2022 at 4:02 pm
    Hmmmmm you do know that Deebo would have his contract year toll to the next year if he sits, and then he could be franchise tagged the two years after don’t you? He doesn’t just get to pass on a year of eligibility.
    —————————
    Do you know that the 9ers won’t keep Deebo around for three years as a holdout? Shanny’s mind will be working overtime to find a solution for Deebo the second he holds out from camp. If it’s clear Deebo will hold out for the entire season, it’s pointless to keep him around. He is the cog that their offense is built upon. If you’re Deebo making $4,890,519 this season, with the possibility of at least quadrupling that amount with a new contract, you’re definitely hold out for the season. You may have to wait until near the trade deadline to get your money, but you’re going to get it this year. Lynch and Shanny either need to pay the man or make other plans. If you think his plan won’t work, see Khalil Mack as a prime example. There are dozens of other examples as well.

  28. Why the rush to cut him loose? They have a team that went to the NFC Championship with him last year (granted he stunk that game up) and have a competitive, veteran team that thinks very highly of him and a young QB who is still an unknown. Cutting Garappalo who in todays NFL (where $40-$50m seems to be the norm now) has a very reasonable contract for a proven QB who knows the system literally risks throwing the season away if Trey Lance isn’t ready, gets injured or is a bust.

  29. Are the 49er’s sold enough on Lance to get rid of Jimmy G at this point, Lance didn’t show much last year in the games he played and he took of the entire year off in 2020, I know I wouldn’t have much confidence in him and there’s no way I’d have drafted him in the 1st round!

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