Jed York: We’re happy to keep Jimmy Garoppolo

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Jimmy Garoppolo remains on the 49ers’ roster . . . for now.

The 49ers gave the quarterback the opportunity to find a trade partner, and crickets have followed. Garoppolo is working out on his own at the team facility as he bides his time waiting for his next opportunity.

Any interested team surely is biding its time, waiting for the 49ers to cut Garoppolo.

The 49ers are biding their time, waiting for an injury to a starting quarterback to create interest.

There seems to be no hurry.

The 49ers could make a move on Garoppolo at the Aug. 30 cutdown to 53 players. Or they could hold onto him until the day before their season opener. If they cut him before 4 p.m. on Sept. 10, he gets none of his 2022 salary of $24.2 million.

After that, the money becomes guaranteed.

49ers owner Jed York said this week that he is fine with keeping Garoppolo on the roster all season and paying him his money.

“I’ve said this before, you can’t have enough good quarterbacks and good football players,” York told Tim Kawakami on The TK Show. “I’m not going to get into roster discussions and what John [Lynch] and Kyle [Shanahan] want to do, but I will support them in sort of anything that they want to make this team as good as it can possibly be.

“I watched it with Joe [Montana] and Steve [Young] and I realize the salary cap is different today than having no salary cap. But we’ve said it before: We’re happy to keep Jimmy. We’re happy to have him on the roster. And if that’s the case, then that’s the case.”

The chances of the 49ers holding onto Garoppolo after Sept. 10 are slim and none. They need the money for players due extensions, and no one in the building wants Trey Lance looking over his shoulder at Garoppolo all season. Garoppolo will end up elsewhere this season. The only questions are: When and where?

62 responses to “Jed York: We’re happy to keep Jimmy Garoppolo

  1. I seriously question the strategic wisdom of the owner, Jed York, saying this right now. Clearly, paying $24M for a back-up is financially ludicrous and it sends the wrong message to developing QB Trey Lance. York will have to walk back his comments.

  2. The 9ers are a disgrace under York. Jed was 12 years old when he “watched it with Joe and Steve,” he says less the more he talks

  3. If Trey breaks his finger next Thursday in Houston, they’ll definitely be keeping Jimmy and they will go to the NFCCG or Super Bowl where they will have a 4 Q lead then Jimmy’s hands will get really tiny in crunch time

  4. He’s right

    I’d feel a lot more comfortable with
    Jimmy G on the roster even as a backup compared to Nate Sudfeld or Brock Purdy if something bad were to happen to Trey Lance.

    This is pro sports and your supposed to be assembling the best possible roster you can field. The 9ERS have a possible Superbowl winning roster this season. They are fortunate enough to have 2 starting QBs. While most teams don’t even have 1 decent starter at QB. I’d rather keep Jimmy G and have him back up then just let a possible Superbowl winning roster get wasted if Lance goes down and have to rely on sudfeld/purdy

  5. I don’t really understand why it is not more recognized that Trey Lance is not ready. Seems obvious. His timing is off and he lacks the crispness of decision making of Garoppolo. His throws remain too scattershot. I like him
    very much but I worry the Niners are setting him up to fail. . I hope they know what they’re doing.

  6. The right and proper thing to do assuming there is room under the salary cap is to keep JG in a backup role should the new kid flounder with those rookie blues or get injured himself as the team is in at least making the playoffs mode … and for some other teams starter to go down n well their backup is crap … thus they are covered both ways and gives JG a fresh start in free agency in the off season should the new kid actually work out and all is well.

  7. The 49ers couldn’t have botched this any worse. They crap on a quarterback who might have the best won loss record in the last few years and a super bowl appearance and multiple playoff wins. Then they overpaid for a quarterback, who knows if he will even be decent. Now they are holding him hostage til the last second simply because they know Seattle will grab him. The 49ers in their quest to outsmart everyone else outsmarted themselves.

  8. eaglemd

    Have you watched Lance? Are you at practice or training camp? Are you around him all day?! Do you study film with him? You have ZERO idea whether he is ready or not. And missing some throws in practice means SQUAT when it comes to game day! Go criticize Lawrence, Mac Jones or Justin Fields but none of you do because you’re all trey lance and 49er haters. The same frauds who said Josh Allen would be a bust! At worst Lance turns into Jalen Hurts or Lamar Jackson and at best he becomes Josh Allen. Keep hating. Your bitterness will taste extra sweet when he proves all you haters wrong!

  9. cblueparker says:

    August 19, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    I seriously question the strategic wisdom of the owner, Jed York, saying this right now. Clearly, paying $24M for a back-up is financially ludicrous and it sends the wrong message to developing QB Trey Lance. York will have to walk back his comments

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    Wow, theres a lot wrong here to unpack. 1st no chance or reason for York to walk back the comments. 2nd it sends no message to Lance as Jimmy G would be a backup and nothing more and isnt even currently interacting with the team. 3rd you may say its ludicrous to pay a backup 24 million BUT by saying they will pay it doesnt mean they will but by saying they will gives them leverage(if a team believes them). In other words it’s simple and easy to see the strategy🤦‍♂️

  10. footballfan22 says:
    August 19, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    eaglemd

    Have you watched Lance? Are you at practice or training camp? Are you around him all day?! Do you study film with him? You have ZERO idea whether he is ready or not. And missing some throws in practice means SQUAT when it comes to game day! Go criticize Lawrence, Mac Jones or Justin Fields but none of you do because you’re all trey lance and 49er haters. The same frauds who said Josh Allen would be a bust! At worst Lance turns into Jalen Hurts or Lamar Jackson and at best he becomes Josh Allen. Keep hating. Your bitterness will taste extra sweet when he proves all you haters wrong!
    ———-
    I know my bitterness will taste extra sweet to you.

  11. If they cut him he ends up with Seattle, don’t see him going to Cleveland to get benched/cut towards the end of the season unless they pay him the full $25 million. Not many other teams are going to be willing to pay him around $15 to $20 million or so to be a back up and no sane GM is going to give up draft capital for him. If the Niners don’t want him on Seattle the only real option is to keep him on the roster…and if Lance goes south it at least gives Shanahan and Lynch someone to win them enough games to maybe not get canned.

  12. Seattle on the phone boss they are offering a 2nd and a …. Deal ! , wait you didn’t let me finish 😀

  13. Trey is QB1. Jed is willing to pay Jimmy. If Trey gets hurt, Jimmy suits up. If we find a trade partner mid season, his salary is prorated then it’s off the books for next year just in time to extend our guys.

    If an owner is willing to pay to get some draft capital, that’s great for 9er fans. They are under the cap. We all know that some quarterback will get injured and underperform and then you know who will become the hot commodity.

    Is $12M worth a 2nd round pick for a mid season trade? It’s not my money.

  14. They will release him 3:59 p.m. on Sept. 10. The 49ers are doing Jimmy dirtier than the Browns did Baker.

  15. All this ridiculous Detroit preseason hype would be legitimate if they traded for Jimmy G. They’d instantly be a real wildcard contender. So of course they’re going to stick with Jared Goff.

  16. There’s a lot of positive coming about Lance and people have seen him throw. His potential is through the roof and shanahan is the best guy to coach him up. He can design the offense to help him along.
    He will make mistakes but that’s the only way to learn. Reps!
    We won’t really know the true potential till end of year 3.
    As for Jimmy, there is no way he’s on the roster on Sept 9th.
    Browns are more stupid than anyone realizes. They should surrender some pick(s) to get him. It’s laughable to put brisett incharge. Heck Jimmy will be better than Watson too in the first year.

  17. They may have to keep Jimmy G in in order to keep him from Seattle and/or the Rams. Something will come up during the season.

  18. It’s like watching a movie where the hostage exchange is taking place in the woods…we know the hostage is Jimmy but we don’t know yet who’s gonna pay the ransom to free him

  19. So SF is hoping a team has a QB get injured during the preseason and training camp. For that scenario to work out, it would have to be a good team who thinks there chances are great this year to compete deep in the playoffs, so take out 60% of the other teams and just toss them aside. The next hurdle after that, is everyone knows that on August 30th they have to cut him to save 24 million dollars. So any contending team would just wait for that day when they have to cut him, and then could resign him at a more reasonable number for what he is. The loser in all of this is Jimmy, and I’m sure everyone will notice how SF treats there players. Unfortunately for Jimmy, he isn’t the future for a franchise, he’s now in that Trubisky/Marriota territory. If it was four to five years ago and he was a young rising qb backing up Tom Brady the Niners would get there price, but he’s not that anymore.

  20. ChickenSalad43, we traded Mathew Stafford for 2 first round picks, and a third round pick. To get those picks we had to take the Rams mistake paying Goff all that money. The Lions in a rebuild said deal asap because by the time Brad Holmes gets the roster right we will be able to cut Goff for nothing and use the 2 first round picks we have next offseason to go get our guy. Were doing it right, not wasting money in free agency on players like Christian Kirk, we spent very little money on lottery tickets like DJ Chark. The plan has been take on Goffs money while rebuilding and getting all your future picks for the trouble. You want us to trade for Jimmy G? That is a horrible idea, we would lose draft picks and talent and be left with Jimmy G and J. Goff at QB killing our salary lol. Horrible

  21. Owner speak translation: Nobody has offered us anything but we’re not going to cut him so that he can sign with Seattle

  22. Are you kidding me, all the teams that need a QB don’t want a QB. They want to have a bad season and get there guy next draft.

  23. Ummm yeah. Let’s keep the guy who got us to the super bowl and another nfc championship game. We ar officially genus’s!! Yea

  24. York is LYING!! Pounds tiny fist on table! I hate it when teams so casually LIE about EVERYTHING! Auuuuggh—-

    Oh wait, this isn’t the Rams

    Never mind, I am Ok with this

  25. Nailed it, Charean, although you can eliminate the “slim” from “slim and none”

  26. Yeah, I would be saying that too if Trey Lance was my alternative. Kind of stupid to try and trade a franchise QB because your HC wants to hitch his wagon to a career backup at best.

  27. Jimmy G needs to get a new agent. He comes across as not only being a better person (humble), but he’s also a better QB than ‘You Vike that’ Kirk Cousins, so more deserves to get paid than Kaptain Kirk.

  28. If they can make the money work, there’s no reason not to keep him. Any team that can fit Jimmy G into their salary cap this year as a back up should be ecstatic. He did instantly be the best backup quarterback in the league and a great insurance policy for a playoff ready team.

  29. The last thing Trey Lance needs is 49ers faithful screaming for Jimmy G at Lance’s first struggle. If the Niners truly believe in Lance, it’s time to let Jimmy go.

  30. Jed York never learned the meaning of the phrase: “Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.”

  31. Football fan22-

    I’m not hating on Trey Lance. I like Trey Lance. Seems like a great person and he’s very talented. And Niners coaches know oodles more football than me. But football is not a complicated sport and we can all see the obvious. He’s still raw. Jimmy G drops back crisply, makes a decision and ball is out. Offense has pace and timing. That’s what he’s got to replicate and I don’t see that yet. I’m not a Niners fan but I liked watching the Niners offense with Jimmy G. It was well-paced and crisp. I think they are going to miss that, because that’s what made it work. Maybe he’ll get there quickly. I hope so. But it seems like a bigger risk than people are saying out loud.

  32. Great lesson for future players is to get their money guaranteed 3 days after the Super Bowl for the next year so they don’t get cut Sept 9 for no money.

  33. Staking the future of your NFL franchise on a QB from ND State is like accidentally putting diesel fuel in your Ferrari. D’oh!

  34. I just don’t understand how the Rams could be so bad at giving contracts out and not be in the deficit. You gave Todd Gurley that contract, that should’ve crippled the team, not mad it stronger

  35. Trey Lance is ready! As much as anyone can be at his point. He won’t be perfect, of course, but he’ll eventually be a lot better than Jimmy G. ‘Nuff said.

  36. The best way to try and hold on to any semblance of trade value is to assert a desire to retain that which some other team might covet. Since Lynch and Shanahan have failed miserably at this concept, York had to step in and be the adult negotiator.

  37. They could keep him,… let the guarantee kick in,…. and then hope like hell a starting QB goes down early. They can trade Jimmy and actually get something for him in trade. They’d lose about $2 mil to the dead cap,… and his SF cap cost per game would be $1.3 mil. The rest of his contract goes to the new team.
    It’s a stretch,… but I’ve seen crazier moves.

  38. The combined cap numbers for Garoppolo and Trey Lance isn’t that bad. Jimmy has taken them to a super bowl and had a pretty comfortable lead. He’s more than capable should anything happen that would require the backup QB to play. There’s no rule that says two QB’s can’t see action. Kyle Shanahan will utilize whatever talent he has on his roster.

  39. You’re not paying a guy 24 million in September who’s not even an active part of the team, no one believes you will actually keep him and saying that just makes you sound dumb. No one is going to trade for him either at that salary. You’re gonna cut him and then Seattle or Cleveland will sign him for significantly less. It’s not complicated.

  40. eaglemd says:
    August 19, 2022 at 8:51 pm
    Football fan22-

    I’m not hating on Trey Lance. I like Trey Lance. Seems like a great person and he’s very talented. And Niners coaches know oodles more football than me. But football is not a complicated sport and we can all see the obvious. He’s still raw. Jimmy G drops back crisply, makes a decision and ball is out. Offense has pace and timing. That’s what he’s got to replicate and I don’t see that yet. I’m not a Niners fan but I liked watching the Niners offense with Jimmy G. It was well-paced and crisp. I think they are going to miss that, because that’s what made it work. Maybe he’ll get there quickly. I hope so. But it seems like a bigger risk than people are saying out loud.
    ______________

    Interesting response, but you did not answer the questions of whether you have personally observed Lance in training camp or studied film on him. Obviously we can assume that the answers are no.

    And, contrary to your assertion, professional football is a very complicated sport. What you think is obvious is most likely the exact opposite of what you think you are seeing.

  41. Jimmy will get traded as long as the other team takes on 3/4 of the salary and SF eats the rest. That the way they do it now.

  42. lionsnati0n:
    There is no salary cap anymore, as a practical matter.

    There is only can you spend, and will you spend.

    The future is bright for the Rams

  43. As a Niners fan, I would like to see them keep Garoppolo, but that’s just not realistic.

    Jed York’s comments were a feeble attempt to get a team, any team, to make any offer for Jimmy. I think the fear is that Garoppolo will get picked up by Seattle, which is why they haven’t let him see the playbook

  44. They may not be happy to keep him, but as a matter of practicality they may not have much of a choice. If they can’t find a trade partner, they may have to keep him, else they’ll be looking at him real soon in a Seahawks’ uniform (totally unacceptable from a 49er’s standpoint). Given the option of him suiting up with a division rival or eating 25 million, they’ll burn that cash and pretend to be happy.

  45. Highly unlikely Niners fear Jimmy to Seahawks. Seahawks know Jimmy’s weaknesses almost as well as Niners, that he’s only effective between the numbers and under 20-25 yards from scrimmage line.

    Buc’s coach exposed general NFL opinion stating Niners “… would have won two Super Bowls already if Jimmy could throw a deep ball.”

    Shanahan did not quibble or waffle when he announced to the world Trey Lance was teams QB. Where would conflict arise with NO controversy and Jimmy accepting backup QB money from the start.

    Jimmy G would win some games as a backup and Jimmy G will miss a crucial throw or throw an interception.

    This team has realized and accepted that they have reached their ceiling with Jimmy and its time to move on. Enter Trey Lance. That is the reality.

  46. To steal a line from Jim Harbaugh, Jed York was born on third base and thought he hit a triple.” In reality, this cat never even had to come to the plate. Silver spoon legacy and paper plate brains.

  47. I think the fear is that Garoppolo will get picked up by Seattle, which is why they haven’t let him see the playbook
    ==========

    Pete seems bent on trying to win with Geno Smith.

    I’m not convinced they’d sign JimmyG.

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