Jimmy Garoppolo apparently plans to go along with 49ers’ revised plan

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The 49ers wisely have decided to quit pretending that perhaps they’ll keep quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the 2022 season, opting instead to declare a de facto fire sale.

With the team now all-on on Trey Lance, they’ll squat on Garoppolo and hope for a trade opportunity to materialize. If it doesn’t, they will absolutely cut him before Week One, when his $24.2 million salary would otherwise become fully guaranteed as termination pay, under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Along the way, the 49ers plan to keep Garoppolo out of practice (and, in turn, out of preseason games). This will eliminate the risk of Garoppolo suffering a season-ending injury, which would also lock in his pay as guaranteed.

“We don’t plan on practicing him with the team,” coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Tuesday. “We’ll take it day-by-day and constantly talk with him and hopefully can figure out the best for both.”

But what’s best for the team may not be what’s best for Garoppolo. As the 49ers wait for a trade to materialize, the clock keeps ticking. If Garoppolo eventually is cut as the regular-season opener approaches, Jimmy G may be SOL when it comes to finding another job. If his goal is to play this year, now is the time to get himself to the market.

On Tuesday, G.M. John Lynch was asked whether Garoppolo was expressed a desire to be released.

“No, he hasn’t had that,” Lynch said.

If Garoppolo did make that request, it looks like the answer would be no.

Said Shanahan on Tuesday, “[You] can’t just give one of the better quarterbacks in the league just to make him available for no reason to the whole world.”

They eventually will, however. The question is whether they get lucky through some other team’s misfortune via injury.

There’s another potential path. With the 49ers finally making it clear that they’re not trying to get a second-day draft pick for Garoppolo, a team that has refrained from engaging in trade talks could take a flier with a late-round offer. Although the Garoppolo contract also would have to be renegotiated, it’s entirely possible that a team that otherwise wouldn’t have been interested sees an opportunity to get Garoppolo at a good time.

In expressing a hope that the situation gets resolved sooner than later, Shanahan makes it even more clear that the time has come to make the 49ers an offer.

Barring a quick trade, Garoppolo’s easiest move is to wait. But what if he’s willing to flip his “nice guy” reputation and insist on getting a fair chance to practice in training camp and play in the preseason? At some point, the union could get involved. Before that happens, however, Garoppolo would have to want to try to bring the situation to a head, by making a push to get himself on the field.

46 responses to “Jimmy Garoppolo apparently plans to go along with 49ers’ revised plan

  1. Players get chastised for being all about themselves way too often on here,but Jimmy has to start playing this a harder.If he really wants to play this year he needs to be in camp and learning a new system.Good guy or not the 49ers are jerking him around here.The players union is a joke and here is another example of it

  2. Jimmy G did this to himself by choosing to have surgery just before the start of trading period. Perhaps he did it to stick it to the Niners, but if so, it’s clearly backfiring on him now.

  3. thetomahawk says:
    July 27, 2022 at 10:58 am
    Players get chastised for being all about themselves way too often on here,but Jimmy has to start playing this a harder.If he really wants to play this year he needs to be in camp and learning a new system.Good guy or not the 49ers are jerking him around here.The players union is a joke and here is another example of it

    What are you taking about? The 49ers weren’t jerking him around. They couldn’t do anything until he passed the physical yesterday.

  4. Jimmy G would be an upgrade at starting QB for at least half the teams in the league.

  5. Any team interested in garoppolo would be wise to wait until they release him they’ll have to sooner or later and it won’t cost you any draft picks.

  6. Clara decision makers (Lynch/Shanahan/York) could not have played this any worse. Clearly they were absent the day they taught business at business school.

  7. Isn’t a veteran allowed to once a career, take “termination pay”,
    and claim the full amount of that previous contract?

  8. “if he’s willing to flip his “nice guy” reputation“

    Garoppolo doesn’t have a nice guy reputation .. he has a selfish me first reputation going back to his days in New England.. several teammates thought he was selfish and wouldn’t tough out injuries.. he blind sided the 49ers by having shoulder surgery without telling the team ahead of time.. he made his bed.

  9. He gets paid to September. Then he’s cut. He’s been paid $110 million of his 49ers contract. A little time “out of work” will not hurt. Heck, he could retire in September. Let’s not cry any tears.
    He’s a decent QB, he’s QB’d the team to two NFC title games and a Super Bowl. Also was a backup to TB. He’ll find work.

  10. thetomahawk says:
    July 27, 2022 at 10:58 am
    Players get chastised for being all about themselves way too often on here,but Jimmy has to start playing this a harder.If he really wants to play this year he needs to be in camp and learning a new system.Good guy or not the 49ers are jerking him around here.The players union is a joke and here is another example of it
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    While this all is fine people need to be reminded that the niners has a trade lined up in March before garapollo decided to not tell the team and got a surgery. That brought the trade to a “screeching halt”! So, garapollo could have had surgery in January and he could be on another team way before now.

  11. He’s not going to be the starter to begin the season anywhere. Everyone knows he’ll be cut. The 49ers should just do it now instead of waiting for a 7th rd pick. Which will never happen because no one’s going to pay him $24M.

  12. Really don’t thnk Jimmy cares that much about playing. Julian Edelman pretty much confirmed such.

  13. With how bad the Niners have played their hand here, it wouldn’t surprise if they take a 6th for Jimmy then a week later Trey blows an Achilles.

  14. Not a fan of the way Jimmy is getting treated here. Cut him or offer him 12 mil to be the backup this year. We all know Lance isn’t going to last 17 games running QB draws.

  15. Jimmy G would have already been gone had he not had to have the surgery. You can try and drum up anomosity but there is none. He’ll be traded once Watson is suspended 12 games.

  16. “You can’t just give one of the better quarterbacks in the league just to make” HUH?? If He’s one of the leagues best why are you moving him for a Unknown??!! Nothing against Lance but, I hope this blows up in Shanahan’s Face! While Jimmy G ain’t Brady, he’s brought the 49ers to a super bowl and 2 nfc championship games! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!!

  17. I know business is business and all that, but this insistence on getting “something” for Garoppolo now borders on the ridiculous. Why would any team trade anything for a player they can just sit and wait to be released and negotiate with him. The way this team is treating this player is just plain wrong. Period.

  18. How is this ethical or even allowed by the NFL. Jimmy has no guaranteed money. The team has told him he can’t practice with the team (locked out?). He is healthy. Yet he is not allowed to find a new team because the 49ers, who again will pay him nothing this year, owns his rights. The 49ers are classless at best.

  19. Lynch is proving to be one of the dumber GMs with not outright releasing him and letting him catch on somewhere when training camps are just starting. No one will trade for him, especially a team where Jimmy would want to go. Jimmy holds all cards regarding a trade because it will be up to him to renegotiate his salary. I would not cooperate with Niner’s on this one.

  20. I think that the Niners are afraid that if they cut Jimmy G, Seattle might pick him up.

    They should tell JG that they will cut him as long as he agrees not to go to an NFC West Team.

    Agree with thetomahawk, although I suspect that thetomahawk wants to see JG in Seattle.

  21. maybe pair him up with something to make a trade more attractive… like a toaster oven… who doesn’t want a toaster oven?

  22. As a 49er fan please just trade him for anything or cut him. He’s not the best QB but he was a starting QB on two deep playoff runs and he deserves better than this. They won’t give him an opportunity to compete for the 49ers and by stashing him he won’t get to compete for another team, either. Their incompetence at trading him will likely cost him this entire season of playing. He’ll probably just end up as a backup somewhere with no knowledge or reps of the new offense.

  23. thetomahawk says:
    July 27, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Players get chastised for being all about themselves way too often on here,but Jimmy has to start playing this a harder.If he really wants to play this year he needs to be in camp and learning a new system.Good guy or not the 49ers are jerking him around here.The players union is a joke and here is another example of it

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    Excellent point all around. But Jimmy is under contract and the 49ers aren’t doing anything was is not allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Jimmy G. understands this.

  24. When it comes to contractual matters, why shouldn’t a player be selfish? The 49ers are clearly looking out for their best interest in this deal — why trash Garoppolo for doing the same? I’ll never understand how fans have no problem when a team acts in its selfish best interest on cap and contractual matters, but turn around and trash a player when they do the same.

  25. “can’t just give one of the better quarterbacks in the league just to make him available for no reason to the whole world.”

    Shanahan needs to stop embarrassing himself; players like Matt Ryan, Baker, Carson Wentz, Trubisky are all acquired by teams via trade. As a matter of fact, Athletics ranked Jimmy G as a 3rd tier QB in the league. I don’t know who Shanahan is trying to fool, right now he seems like the biggest idiot for sticking with Jimmy last year

  26. I don’t understand why SF is being so stubborn about this if all they’re expecting as trade compensation is a late round pick. It seems like they’re putting Jimmy G. through a bunch of crap for nothing. If they’re not going to let him play in preseason to up his value and/or show he’s healthy, or even let him practice, the right thing to do is release the guy. To hold him in purgatory for a 6th or 7th round pick seems like kind of a jerk move to me.

    It would make sense if they were holding our for a 2nd or 3rd. Or if they’d avoid a big dead cap hit by trading him but that’s not the case. His dead cap is only just over $1M ($1.4 iirc).

    So why not just release the guy and give him a chance to join a new team during training camp?

  27. This is for those in the back who can’t hear or comprehend the situation.
    JIMMY DEAYED HIS SHOULDER SURGERY TO AVOID BEING TRADED TO A TEAM HE DID NOT WANT TO GO TO. HE JUST CLEARED HIS PHYSICAL. HE DELAYED EVERYTHING BY WAITING TO HAVE THE SURGERY. THE 49ERS DO NOT WANT SEATTLE TO SIGN HIM AND THEY WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAKE A TRADE AND GET SOMETHING IN RETURN FOR A DECENT QB. CUTTING HIM WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM A FULL TRAINING CAMP WITH THE SEAHAWKS. THIS ISNT THAT COMPLICATED. THEREFORE WHAT MOST OF YOU ARE PROPOSING/COMPLAINING ABOUT MAKES YOU LOOK VERY IGNORANT.

  28. The Niners are going to be just fine with Trey Lance at QB. They have a strong roster and are well-coached. Where will all of you Seahawks’ fans be when that happens? Probably not here on the comments thread.

  29. harrisbarton says:
    July 27, 2022 at 12:14 pm
    The Niners are going to be just fine with Trey Lance at QB. They have a strong roster and are well-coached. Where will all of you Seahawks’ fans be when that happens? Probably not here on the comments thread.

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    That strong, well-coached roster went 6-10 without Jimmy G in 2020.

  30. I’m not a fan of Jimmy but only because he seems to be made of glass. If he didn’t have the injury history and recent surgery, I’d like to see the Seahawks kick the tires on JimmyG to replace Geno Smith. But, not at his current contract price.

  31. We have a hot commodity. Just be patient. Teams think they’re set at QB and have offensive geniuses that can maximize their potential.

    Just watch as time unfolds, teams like New Orleans, Cleveland, Miami, even the Jets will come calling. And the price for Jimmy’s going up.

    Patience my friends, patience.

  32. It’s part of the business and guys like Deebo Samuel are taking notes. Actually, every NFL player sees this. It’s a tough business. You get what you can get while you can get it.

  33. The 49ers brass has FUBARed this thing so badly, I can only hope they get what they deserve.

  34. nobody is going to trade for him unless their starting qb gets hurt before week 1. even then they can just wait because the 40 whiners are going to cut him before the season starts anyway.

  35. I mean, come on. Even Bill Belichick lets players go in time to catch on with another team.

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