49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wisely abandons the Jimmy Garoppolo ruse

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The 49ers have tried, repeatedly, to sell the notion that they would keep quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo through 2022, paying his $25 million in total compensation and letting him compete with 2021 first-rounder Trey Lance. It was a clumsy, awkward effort to create trade value for Garoppolo.

To his immense credit, coach Kyle Shanahan has abandoned the ruse. During Tuesday’s PFT Live, we played clips from Shanahan’s recent appearance on Tim Kawakami’s podcast. It became clear, after listening to all of it, that the 49ers are moving forward with Lance — and that Garoppolo will be off the team by Week One.

So he’ll be traded by then, or he’ll be cut. They’ll need to cut him before Week One to avoid having his $24.2 million base salary becoming fully-guaranteed.

The question is whether the 49ers can find a trade partner before his ability to collect his salary as termination pay becomes fully vested. Also, will Garoppolo play along, or will he try to get cut sooner than later?

The 49ers likely will try to keep Garoppolo out of harm’s way during camp and the preseason, since a fluke injury for the injury-prone quarterback would potentially put the 49ers on the hook for the full amount. Garoppolo could try to push back, if only to try to push his way out.

Regardless, he’ll end up being out before Week One. The question is whether he’ll land with a new team that gives him enough time to have a reasonable chance to play in 2022.

53 responses to “49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wisely abandons the Jimmy Garoppolo ruse

  1. It was clear Shanahan had moved on when he started referring to Garoppolo in the past tense.

  2. if the 49ers are really moving forward with Lance, they need to just cut Garoppolo already. He put their franchise back on the map and deserves better than to just be sitting in limbo like this.

    Unless there is a Super Bowl contender out there with ample cap room which loses its QB to a long-term injury in training camp, I’m not sure the 49ers are going to find a team willing to trade premium draft capital anyway.

  3. Should have cut him a while ago. Nobody is gonna do you any favors in the NFL. What a waste of time. To be honest, I thought both jimmy g and baker were gonna be cut. But, I underestimated the desperation of Carolina.

  4. A few short years ago, Jimmy G was the toast of San Francisco. Now, the 49ers want to trade him asap. That’s the ugly business of pro sports. I still think that some team will need him eventually, injury-prone or not.

  5. Keep Jimmy in the training room for 30 days waiting for a catastrophic pre-season injury to a starting QB is the play

  6. What a classless way of treating someone that led their franchise to a Super Bowl. The 9ers have had so long to take the high road, but they are inept, so praising Shanahan here feels hollow because it was a terrible deception from the beginning and every team in the league saw right through it. Teams that treat players like this should be fined.

  7. you know, if JG wasnt worth 25 million already, i might feel bad for the guy.

  8. Come mid-August he will be cut, when they are not on the hook for the $7.5 million injury settlement clause in his contract.

  9. Jimmy G will still be playing long after Lynch/Shanahan/Lance are gone from SF.

    Trading away all that capital to jump up for Lance was a colossal blunder.

  10. I believe Jimmy is better than Baker, Mariota, Wentz, Brisset, Geno or Lock, and Mills (but since he is young the Texans should keep starting him to see how he develops.) The teams whose QBs are listed above should acquire Jimmy G. through some sort of trade that works for everyone. Perhaps Jimmy takes a pay cut, Niners eat some of the salary.

  11. Shanny doesn’t trust his new LG to protect Jimmy G in a pre season game. Jimmy has a lot of friends on the team so what about this scenario…. Hey, D lineman, wink wink… I’m going to let you through on Jimmy. Hit him, hurt him, don’t kill him. Just hurt him enough for him to get his $24.2M guarantee. Wink wink.

  12. “tb12bestqbevah says:Jimmy G will still be playing long after Lynch/Shanahan/Lance are gone from SF.

    Trading away all that capital to jump up for Lance was a colossal blunder.”

    Really? Lynch/Shanahan have taken to the 49ers multiple NFC Championship games and the Super Bowl in the last few years with a QB that many believe is terrible. They aren’t going anywhere. From your “12th man” reference I think you must a Seahawks fan and I think you spend some time pondering your own GMs/Coaches plan when they trade away one of the top QBs in the league and have Drew Lock and Geno Smith as their plan.

  13. Jimmy G contributed to the current mess by waiting so long to get surgery, and doing it without notifying the team. That move essentially stopped other teams from considering him until he recovered.

    As a Niners fan, I hope that Garoppolo doesn’t go to Seattle.

  14. I do not know enough about the ins and out of NFL player handling to discuss whys and hows intelligently. So I can only comment on appearances, and this all appeared odd and catch as catch can. The team made crystal clear their intentions with Trey’s acquisition, you would have thought something quick and clean would have happened with Jimmy G based on his service to the team. I would like to think the team made sincere attempts to do right by him, but I don’t know. It all seems like everyone involved is in limbo – with no pleasant end to it all.

  15. During the conference championship weekend when there were four teams left standing the fans of 28 other teams were watching, wishing their team had made it that far. The 49ers were one of those teams. The comments above, of how Lance sucks and Shanahan and Lynch are idiots, are all from fans of the other 28 teams.

  16. As the deadline approaches, I think the John Lynch will give Jimmy G. away to the Texans to keep Jimmy from going to the Seahawks…

  17. No starting QB is going to get a major injury before the season starts. They hardly ever play during the preseason.
    Since his salary is guaranteed by the first game, he’s going to be released or given away for practically nothing.

  18. It became clear months ago to fans of the team and the local beat writers. It was only you national media types who kept going with the story that the 49ers weren’t confident in Lance and that Jimmy had a shot at staying on the roster in light of.

  19. They’ll be lucky to win four games with Lance. His arm will be fatigued by week three..

  20. SO, from the 2019 draft, NE got Damien Harris from the JimmyG asset. Not bad, really. I would have liked maybe a different position there for maybe a longer period, but Harris has been very good with 15 TDS last year and runs at almost 5YPC.

    So, when BB deals QBs as assets he gets Pat Chung and Damien Harris. That’s pretty good in my book.

    Genius. His GM work is the stuff of legend. I mean, nobody does stuff like that. Grooms QBs to drive stock and then cashes in on a good player.

  21. Lance will give them more than Mullens, Beathard et al because he can run, but I don’t think he will give them much more. He, Shanahan and Lynch will probably all be gone in 3 years. And Shanahan can be an OC again.

  22. Prediction: 9ers end up cutting Jimmy G just before game 1 to remove the distraction. Then he’s a good candidate for a team who’s QB gets injured early in the season which ironically will the be 9ers after Lance blows out his arm in week 1

  23. The Niners are in a tricky spot. No way they trade him to the NFC (unless it is a 1st or 2nd). Otherwise they wait and cut him at the last possible moment. This isn’t a nice thing to do, but it isn’t like Jimmy G was not paid and did not read the contract. Imagine if they had won a few more crucial games – the Niners would be giddy to have him for $25M this year. I truly believe several teams like Jimmy, but they like 4 to 6 QB prospects coming out next year better. So – Jimmy will sign a new, 10M contact in week 1 with Houston / Seattle / Cleveland / etc.

  24. Should’ve gotten off their high horse and took less for him when they had the chance

  25. No one will trade for the guy just before the season starts as he’d be useless to the team at that point as a starter (wouldn’t know the playbook). And doubt anyone has $24 mil in cap space waiting for a home (for an oft injured QB coming off shoulder surgery). Unless you are keeping in case Lance goes down in preseason (they will have to play the guy a bit to see what they have), just cut him loose. He is depreciating every day to anyone interested in trading for him.

  26. I’m curious where all this Jimmy G love comes from? Seems like a lot of people on here sticking up for him. Did he ever really win anything in San Fran? He came up short in the Super Bowl and trust me he had his chances. Other than that he is injury prone. He does a good job of getting the ball into his playmakers hands and is accurate. Kinda sounds like Tua but he seems to be universally hated for whatever reason.

  27. You know darn well if they could do it all over again, no way they’d trade those firsts for Tray Lance. They’ve messed this up incredibly bad.

  28. I don’t think I have ever heard Kyle so gung-ho at a press conference before.

  29. fudgemaster says:
    July 26, 2022 at 1:30 pm
    “tb12bestqbevah says:Jimmy G will still be playing long after Lynch/Shanahan/Lance are gone from SF.

    Trading away all that capital to jump up for Lance was a colossal blunder.”

    […] From your “12th man” reference I think you must a Seahawks fan […]

    _____________

    The name “tb12bestqbevah” is probably referring to Tom Brady, not the 12th man

    Tom Brady, #12, best QB ever… makes a lot more sense to me than what you said

  30. I’ll never understand this thinking that it’s classless to use every avenue for the betterment of your team. JG & Baker have earned generational wealth from this sport. Football is a business & you don’t give away millions of dollars to make people feel good.

  31. Folks asking for JG to be cut immediately don’t realize Jimmy has to pass a physical else the niners are on the hook for (about) 7 mil. He will be gone as soon as he passes the physical, gets traded or before the start of the season whichever happens first

  32. Teams are dirty for not trading/cutting players before training camp.

    Intentionally doing the player a disservice. I get it if the player is holding out or being a pain.

    But Jimmy G, it was their decision to move on.

  33. JimmyG would be a great QB if he had TB12’s body or Romo’s pain tolerance. He has neither. Romo played with a broken back and TB12 has taken 20 years of hits and still moves around as well as he did in Michigan.

    As a backup? He’d be great for the two games a year you’d need him.

  34. So SF is willing to keep Garoppolo until week 1 as insurance in the event Lance gets hurt. The problem is they are not going to let him practice so he’s not going to be ready to play at a high level until late September. That is going to be too late to be competitive to win the division and may take them out of wildcard position too. Let him go.

  35. Let’s see. Jimmy G moves to the 49ers in 2017. He starts Week 13 and goes 5-0. Gets injured during week 3 of the 2018 season and then comes back for the 2019 season and helps guide the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance. Can Trey Lance come close to that during his first years as a 49er starter? I guess we’ll see, but I have a feeling that a lot of the fans currently throwing Garoppolo under the bus are going to nostalgic for him real soon.

  36. fudgemaster says:
    July 26, 2022 at 1:30 pm
    “tb12bestqbevah says:Jimmy G will still be playing long after Lynch/Shanahan/Lance are gone from SF.

    Trading away all that capital to jump up for Lance was a colossal blunder.”
    ____________

    Really? From your “12th man” reference I think you must a Seahawks fan.
    ____________

    You must have missed the “tb” prior to the 12 clearly intending a reference to Tom Brady. Nothing to do with Seattle.

  37. otisfieldme says:
    July 26, 2022 at 2:53 pm
    I’ll never understand this thinking that it’s classless to use every avenue for the betterment of your team. JG & Baker have earned generational wealth from this sport. Football is a business & you don’t give away millions of dollars to make people feel good.
    ____________

    No one is talking about paying Jimmy. The subject is when he should be traded or cut. Teams can use every avenue to improve and still do it with class.

  38. Since coming over the NFC, Garoppolo and the Niners got closer to winning a Lombardi than Rodgers and the Packers. Most teams in the NFL covet the kind of success the 49ers had with Garoppolo. Garoppolo detractors are dismissive of it. Chances are Lance is not going to be even as good as Garoppolo. The Niners could’ve used the picks they surrendered for Lance to bolster the team even more to help Garoppolo get it over the top.

  39. All these arm-chair GM’s acting like the know the nuances of the league. JL/KS know what they are doing and have taken this team back to the top of the league – where they belong. Nobody sleeps on the 49ers anymore.

    Jimmy’s situation may not have gone exactly to plan, but it’s going to work out just fine.

  40. The name “tb12bestqbevah” is probably referring to Tom Brady, not the 12th man

    Tom Brady, #12, best QB ever… makes a lot more sense to me than what you said
    _________

    I actually had to go back and reread thinking he had made some 12th man reference because I thought there was absolutely no way anyone couldn’t decipher that user name. That’s like having C_T with a hint of “meow” and coming up with COT.

  41. What is the advantage to the team for saying he’s not part of the future plans?

  42. Unless your team is making deep playoff runs year after year, you should probably sit this one out as far as criticizing Lynch and Shanahan. I have to admit, the sour grapes on display in this comment section is both hilarious and kinda sad. We Niner fans feel bad. You guys should get a hobby or become a fan of a great franchise like the 49ers. #Treywillbebetterthanyourqb

  43. And to think Bill wanted to trade Brady to the 49ers however many years ago and keep Jimmy G. Maybe Bill is as good with quarterback assessments as he is with wide receivers, which is not very?

  44. I get they Trey Lance is the future, and the future starts in his second year. What I don’t get is the complete disrespect from the 49ers organization. In 2019 he was 7 minutes away from winning the Superbowl. Last year he was in the NFC championship game..a game they don’t play in had Lance been the starter.

    Yes he is injury prone, yes he is coming off an injury, so I can see why no one is beating down the door for what could easily be a one year rental. But it’s inexcusable for the 49ers to keep him around only to cut him. Shanahan is a top tier in game and game plan coach, but he seems to have inherited his Dad’s well documented lack of respect for his players.

  45. Camp just getting started and Lance already dealing with a tired arm? Three first round picks for a noodle arm QB with a resume that barely takes up half a page. Crazy…

  46. It`s not that complicated. San Fran isn`t treating Jimmy disrespectfully by not cutting him yet. They can`t cut him until he passes his physical or they owe him around 7m and they can`t keep him until opening day or they owe him around 24m so sometime between the time he passes his physical and opening day he`ll be released. It`s just how the contract works.

  47. 49ers misplayed this for years. Originally wanting 2- 1st rd picks for him, then lowered their asking price to 2- 2nd rd picks. They’re are real close to getting absolutely nothing for him while losing 2- 1st rd picks and a 3rd rd pick for his replacement. The kid better take them deep in the playoffs quick as the window won’t stay open too long

  48. Greg Kittle on Garoppolo: “Jimmy G, awesome in the huddle, great leader, directs guys. People go to attention when he’s talking. He’s got a quick release, he knows the offense. Like I said, been to two NFC Championship games, knows what he’s doing.”

    Greg Kittle on Lance: “Trey Lance can run, extend plays, does all the play-action stuff incredible, could throw the ball 70 yards. I don’t know.”

    Who do you think the players would rather try to win a Super Bowl with?

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