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Coach Kyle Shanahan ended the drama as training camp opened Tuesday when he announced that Trey Lance would take over for Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers’ starting quarterback during the 2022 NFL season.
This was already evident during the team’s off-season schedule, but it was little surprise to hear that Shanahan addressed the situation directly.
The shocking part came a short time later when General Manager John Lynch was asked whether Garoppolo had expressed his desire to be released. not answer.”
Garoppolo is working out and through physical therapy at the 49ers’ campus after receiving full medical clearance this week. He is in limbo with his NFL future being listed as a big TBD.
The 49ers expect a team to come forward with a business proposal for Garoppolo. Any team looking to acquire Garoppolo at this point may be reluctant to offer the 49ers anything in return – even the expected late-round draft pick.
After all, it’s clear that the 49ers will eventually release him in order to avoid being on the hook for a base salary of $24.2 million for the coming season.
The 49ers can be stubborn and keep Garoppolo on their roster until Tuesday, Aug. 30, when NFL clubs will have to trim down to the regular-season limit of 53 players.
The reason the 49ers don’t want to turn the loose Garoppolo at this point is everything to keep him away from the Seattle Seahawks.
Garoppolo’s place among NFL quarterbacks may be debated among the 49ers’ fan base, but he is generally considered a mid-tier starter and a clear upgrade over current Seahawks quarterbacks Geno Smith, Drew Locke and Jacob Eason.
49ers would prefer that Garoppolo not end up with the Seahawks. This is something they will not be able to fully control. If a team does not move to present a trade offer, the 49ers will be forced to release Garoppolo and, again, may sign with any team before the start of the regular season.
At the very least, the 49ers no longer want to let Garoppolo loose, paving the way for him to sign with a division rival and get a full training camp for the Seahawks’ offensive system.
And the 49ers certainly need no reminder that Week 2 of the regular season has a trip to Levi’s Stadium in Seattle on Sunday, Sept. 18.
If the Seahawks want Garoppolo, they will have to pay some price to the 49ers to get him now – rather than waiting a month and reducing the chances that he could play at a higher level at the start of the season.
And with DK Metcalf signing a three-year contract extension on Thursday, it seems even more logical that the Seahawks would want the best possible answer as quickly as possible in the quarterback position.
The Seahawks aren’t the only team that could or should be interested in Garoppolo.
Perhaps, the Cleveland Browns will panic when the NFL announces their expected suspension of quarterback Deshaun Watson as part of the league’s individual-conduct policy.
The Miami Dolphins are a team that is considered high on Garoppolo’s list of ideal landing spots. Garoppolo will be familiar with the Dolphins’ offensive system under first-year coach Mike McDaniel, who previously served as Shanahan’s top offensive assistant.
Houston, Atlanta and the New York Giants are also teams in the transitional stages that may determine if Garoppolo will be a good fit.
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The 49ers had given Garoppolo’s representation at least four months earlier to seek a trade. No team would be expected to pay Garoppolo his full set salary, but it is up to one team to work out Garoppolo’s favor and financial statements.
The 49ers can continue to hold onto Garoppolo. But any team that wants him will have to decide how much to give to the 49ers in exchange for securing a quarterback.
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