There is no indication the 49ers are actively looking to pass quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have said they expect Garoppolo to return as the team’s starter for the 2021 season.
At this point, there is no reason to doubt them.
There are also many reasons to believe that the only team Garoppolo wants to play for, above all else, is the 49ers.
Garoppolo is popular with his peers. It has a good cast of cast. He’s on a quarterback friendly system. And in his only full season, he was a quarterback for a Super Bowl team.
Oh yeah, it’s well paid too.
There is absolutely no reason for him to think that he could find a better situation outside of Santa Clara, outside of Shanahan’s offense.
Garoppolo might not be a bargain with his scheduled $ 25.5 million pay (salary and bonuses) for next season, but the 49ers don’t think he will be overpaid either.
“That’s what they cost,” Shanahan said Dec. 28, referring to the starting quarterbacks.
Still, it’s hard to imagine Garoppolo receiving a two-year, $ 51.1 million deal, the real money left on his contract with the 49ers, right now if he were suddenly a free agent.
The fact is, Garoppolo’s status with the 49ers for this season will remain conducive to speculation until the club restructures his contract. When that time comes, the 49ers can be expected to replace their scheduled salary with an advance signing bonus to create significant space in the salary cap for this offseason.
Until then, however, it will be discussed whether the 49ers could look to acquire Deshaun Watson or Kirk Cousins, or someone else, and trade Garoppolo.
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Garoppolo has a no-trade clause in his contract. If it ever came to that, Garoppolo could veto any deal anywhere he deems an undesirable situation.
But exercising his no-trade clause in this hypothetical situation would also mean he would be prepared to break the last two years and $ 51.1 million on his contract and risk taking a sizable pay cut.
Any team that trades him would inherit his contract with the 49ers, and he would be almost guaranteed to make roughly $ 25 million this season. As a free agent, assuming the 49ers already have a new quarterback and release him, he probably wouldn’t get such a generous deal.
Things can change, of course, but at this point the most likely scenario is Jimmy Garoppolo going nowhere and making that money with the 49ers.
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