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Jimmy Garoppolo speaks during a press conference at Levi’s Stadium.(Photo: Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports)
The San Francisco 49ers showed off their prized acquisition, former Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but stifled any expectations fans might have had to see him on the field in Week 9.
“We’ll look at that week to week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday in a press conference when asked when it would be realistic for Garoppolo to play.
“By no means are we trying to rush the process. I would definitely not expect it this week. We’ll look at it each week and when we feel that he’s comfortable and has a chance to go in and have a success with the time he has put in and the reps he has gotten in practice then we’ll decide that time is right.”
The 49ers acquired Garoppolo on Monday evening for a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft. 49ers general manager John Lynch indicated that he brought an offer to the Patriots over the past few days before finalizing the deal.
“An unbelievable opportunity came our way in the midst of a tough season,” Lynch said. “I do want to thank the New England Patriots. It’s refreshing to find people where you can not belabor things. You bring something up and come to a quick resolution. You don’t grind people out. And that’s what we were able to do.”
Lynch admitted that the 49ers called the Patriots about Garoppolo’s availability over the offseason, but indicated that talks about a potential deal then didn’t get very far.
“We inquired and were quickly shut down,” Lynch said. “It never came to fruition at all. … There never were any terms because we never got to propose because it was basically not an option. That’s what I appreciated: You get an answer really quick from them.”
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Earlier on Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said New England badessed the situation and “rode it out as long as we could” in trying to keep Garoppolo on the roster. Belichick added that it was “just not sustainable,” given Garoppolo’s looming contract negotiations.
Garoppolo is in the final season of his rookie deal that pays him $434,158. San Francisco now has the option of negotiating a long-term extension or it can place the franchise tag tender on Garoppolo after the 2017 season, a mechanism that would give them more time to reach a deal.
Lynch said the 49ers “have a number of options,” but declined to specifically state the team’s strategy. Both Lynch and Shanahan, however, made it clear that this trade was to solve the franchise’s void at the position.
“We believe in this guy,” Lynch said. “We’re just happy to have him here. We believe very much that Jimmy is going to be our quarterback of the future. We’ll let everything else play out from there.”
“This was something that was too good of an opportunity to pbad up on,” Shanahan said. “So we didn’t hesitate.”
Garoppolo has not appeared in any games this season, serving as Tom Brady’s backup. When Brady was suspended last season, however, Garoppolo started two games before hurting his shoulder.
In his limited playing time, Garoppolo has completed 67% of his pbades for 690 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” Garoppolo said. “When I first found out, I can’t even describe how excited about I was. My time in New England was great. I thank them for everything, but to come in here and come in such a great organization, it really is a privilege. I’m excited about it. It’s going to be a great thing.”
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