Jimmy Garoppolo’s time in San Francisco is not over, and he will remain with the 49ers as Trey Lance’s veteran backup.
NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Monday that the 49ers and Garopolo are finalizing a new contract that will make him the highest-paid backup quarterback in the NFL.
Rapoport and Garafolo said Garopolo’s new deal is fully guaranteed with a $6.5 million incentive that could push it closer to $16 million.
The renegotiated deal would reduce Garoppolo’s 2022 salary-cap number from $26.95 million to approximately $8.5 million. NFL Network insider Tom Pelicero reported that Garoppolo’s contract also included a no-trade clause and a no-franchise tag clause.
Thus, QB controls where he goes and will be a free agent after this season. Monday’s new development comes after a lengthy waiting period in which the veteran quarterback underwent shoulder surgery and spent all training camp on the 49ers’ roster rehab.
Lance was selected third overall in the 2021 draft, leaving Garoppolo behind for the rookie’s first season and officially handing over the keys to the franchise to the youngster.
Garoppolo was aware of the 49ers’ succession plan and bid farewell to San Francisco after the 49ers’ heartbreaking loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game, but his shouldering process is complicated.
As quarterback Carousel turned to several NFL cities, Garoppolo could only watch from afar while he was recovering, and San Francisco eventually did not get a fair deal through trade to move him elsewhere.
While most expect San Francisco to either trade in or continue to trade the veteran quarterback, the 49ers are content to hire a reliable veteran instead, adding to Lance’s potential when he relocates to San Francisco.They were over. did. Bowl, second-year quarterbacks who enter 2022.
Garoppolo arrived in San Francisco in the middle of the 2017 season via trade with the New England Patriots, a team that was in dire need of a franchise QB.
He stepped into the role and played well enough to attract a five-year contract worth $137.5 million, establishing himself as the future face of the club under the centre.
Jimmy G flourished during his recovery, posting a 31-14 win-loss record as quarterback for San Francisco, including a 13-3 season in 2019 that saw the 49ers reach Super Bowl LIV went.
It was the game, however, that revealed his ceiling as San Francisco’s quarterback, as the 49ers could not maintain their lead over the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter, losing 31–20.
A crucial open-ended Emmanuel Sanders played a pass on third and 10, marking Garoppolo’s tenure with the team, but did not prompt the 49ers to find his replacement.
Garoppolo’s inability to stay healthy eventually led to his demotion to San Francisco. After playing in all 16 games in 2019, Garoppolo appeared in just six competitions in 2020 due to injury undermining .
San Francisco’s hopes of a repeat as NFC champion and calling on 49ers management in case of an emergency. Gave. and given the option. forced to search.
That choice came with the selection of Lance, a player San Francisco believes has the ability to get the 49ers over the hump and above all keep the team competitive by being available more often than Garoppolo.
The 30-year-old, meanwhile, can continue his shoulder rehab and prepare for a season spent as the next man, but only when needed. Garoppolo still has plenty of football to offer, provided he can avoid the injury bug that has often disrupted his career.
Instead of potentially finding a new opportunity elsewhere, he will spend 2022 with the team he knows best and will simply do so in a backup role.
Garoppolo could be pursuing such a new opportunity after the 2022 season, and the jobs will be available if we have learned anything from the past two seasons.
The biggest question mark remaining will be whether Garoppolo can remain healthy enough to justify the search for a new team, and no one is sure until he finishes the season without incident.
It won’t be known when that time comes until after 2022, though or until a team is so desperate as to ask the 49ers to inquire about Garoppolo.